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Depigmentation Of Dark Gums

Gum depigmentation is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to remove dark discolouration or patches on the gums, to help patients achieve the healthy, aesthetically pleasing smiles they desire. The dark pigment does not indicate any disease or dysfunction, but it makes them look brown or black instead of pink, which could be an obstacle to an attractive smile.

The most common cause of darker pigments in the gums is genetics. Other causes for dark gums include smoking, and side effects from certain medications,  or the possible effect of silver fillings on the gum. Gum pigmentation manifests differently for every patient. Some people notice small, dark spots on the gums, while others experience black or brown patches or blotches on the gums.

There are two methods to remove the pigmented area on the gums to reveal healthy, lighter-coloured tissue beneath. One is the scalpel method (surgical) and the other is the laser depigmentation method. The main guideline is simply that the gums must be healthy.

Both procedures are safe so long as the protective measures are followed properly by the patient. We encourage all smokers to stop smoking completely, as smoking is one of the causes of such pigmentation. Gum depigmentation can help you achieve a healthy-looking smile.