The most common cause of darker pigments in the gums is genetics. See how Tara, Gemma and Martin had excess melanin in their gums, making them look brown or black instead of pink. This is more common in certain ethnic groups like people with African or Middle Eastern ancestry. The extra pigment does not indicate any disease or dysfunction. Patients seek treatment because of aesthetic preference for pink gums that showcase their teeth better.
Other causes for dark gums include smoking, side effects from certain medications and the possible effect of amalgam silver particles on the gum.
This patient had light pigmentation and thus it was removed easily.
Patients who utilize a dental laser can expect minor discomfort and no complications after the treatment. Patients with very sensitive gums may experience some discomfort for a short period of time. Patients can expect to be able to speak and eat normally immediately after the treatment is completed.
Everything heals in about 2 to 4 weeks.
One gum depigmentation treatment can last 20 years or up to a lifetime.
The procedure takes 20-45 minutes depending on the colour and size of the dark patch.
On your review appointment, we can go over the areas that you can still see some pigmentation.
We encourage all smokers to stop smoking completely after the procedure as smoking is one of the causes of pigmentation.
You need to stop smoking for at least 7 days after the procedure.
The main guideline is simply that the gums must be healthy. We can assess your gum pigmentation health at the consultation that you have with our dentist.
This cosmetic treatment is not suitable for:
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