Beautiful smile – Gum Bleaching

If you have black or dark gums, there is no need to worry. Discolored gums are not because of some sort of disease or dysfunction. They are due to the build up of excess melanin in the gum which makes them look brown or black instead of pink. In few cases of this excess melanin,most common reason is heredity or inheritance.

It’s a condition that is more common in certain ethnic groups, commonly those with Middle eastern or African ancestry.

Smoking or use of chewing tobacco is another common reason for dark or splotchy gums. Also some medication may change your oral tissue and because your gums to darken over a time. One other cause of discoloured gum is poor oral hygiene. If you have had a long history of taking poor care of your mouth and gums, it can affect the colour of your gums.

If you had tissues with red inflamed gums(gingivitis) your gums could become permanently discoloured due to past infection or scarring

Gum de-pigmentation also called gum bleaching is the procedure used to lighten dark gums and turn them into healthy looking pink gums. Anyone who has healthy gums can be a good candidate for this procedure.

The gum de-pigmentation process involves the use of a laser which reacts with the water in your gums that lightens and evens out the colour. The laser vaporizes and removes the thin top layer of your gum tissue. This destroys the melanin producing cells and as heal, the new tissue that created tends to be pink instead of black or brown.

This laser treatment is a highly effective and safe way to alter the melanin pigmentation in your gums and produce the desired look of pink gums.

produce the desired look of pink gums.

It may sound painful to zap your gums with a laser, but the treatment is actually relatively painless. Most patients, however, will experience only minor discomfort and only topical

patients, however, will experience only minor discomfort and only topical anesthesia may be needed.  The gum de-pigmentation procedure is usually knocked out in just one visit and takes between 30-45 mts, depending on the colour and size of dark patches, while full healing may take up to 2 weeks, you will be immediately able to speak and eat as normal after the treatment. Most patient can return to work the same day

Gum de-pigmentation treatment is typically a semi-permanent fix for dark gums, however if your dark gums were caused by smoking, chewing tobacco or medications continued use can cause your gum dark again at some point in the future

were caused by smoking, chewing tobacco or medications continued use can cause your gum dark again at some point in the future

Dr.Saji Abraham, BSc, BDS, MDS, MOrth RCSEd, FDS RCSEd

Consultant Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics



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