Our gums play an undisputed role in maintaining the stability and health of our teeth and contribute a plethora to our smiles. When we visualize a pleasing beautiful smile, we also visualize consistent coral pink healthy gums. However, not all of us are blessed with pink gums, and the colors vary. Sometimes, the color can also vary significantly from one side of the gums to another.
What are the causes of darker gums?
Darker or hyperpigmented gums can be genetic and are caused by higher melanin production. Hyperpigmented gums are characterized by the development of dark brown to black spots in the gums and oral mucosa. Although it is genetics in some cases, if you have recently noticed that your gums are darkening, it can be a sign of an underlying health condition.
Apart from this, smoking and tobacco consumption also cause gingival discoloration.
Darker gums can also be a side effect of certain medications.
Gingival depigmentation for darker gums
If you have darker gum which is genetic or caused due to smoking and medication, Dr. Sanz will recommend you go for a gingival depigmentation procedure.
The process of gingival depigmentation can be done via a scalpel or a laser. After administration of local anesthetic, the top layer of gum is removed, which removes the melanin-producing cells. The gums are allowed to heal, which reveals their pink shade.
At times, if the pigmentation is long-standing and deeper, it may take more than one sitting to get the desired result.
If you think you may benefit from our gingival depigmentation treatment, please schedule an appointment with us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants. If you have any more questions, please contact us, and our team of excellent dental professionals will be there to assist you.