Gingival Depigmentation Specialist

Regardless of how bright your teeth are, dark gums can impact the overall appearance of your smile and keep you from looking your best. Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, Nina Mojaver, DMD, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, California, offer gingival depigmentation, a quick, effective solution to remedy pigmented gums. To find out if gingival depigmentation is right for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Fifth Avenue Dental Arts
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in San Diego, CA

Gingival Depigmentation Q & A

What causes dark gums?

Gum color varies from person to person. Your natural gum color can range from pink, brown to even black. Although gum color is primarily determined through genetics, certain issues can cause your gums to darken or develop brown or dark-colored patches. Changes to your gum color are commonly caused by smoking and certain medications.

Although dark gums are typically harmless, they can be caused by serious underlying conditions like oral cancer or endocrine disorders. Dark gums can prevent your smile from looking healthy and negatively impact your self-confidence.

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your dark gums, Fifth Avenue Dental Arts provides safe and effective gingival depigmentation.

What is gingival depigmentation?

Gingival depigmentation is a cosmetic procedure used to lighten the appearance of dark gums. With gingival depigmentation, you can enhance the look of your gums to achieve your ideal smile. Also known as gum bleaching, gingival depigmentation is the process of removing the outer pigmented layer of your gums.

Gingival depigmentation delivers noticeable results in just one visit that can last for years to come.

How does gingival depigmentation work?

At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, the team focuses on providing comfortable and effective gum bleaching. The practice uses the latest laser technology to offer patients quick, immediate results.

To perform the procedure, your dentist begins by numbing your gums. They then use the specialized laser to remove a thin layer of your gum tissue gently. Treatments take as little as 30 minutes. The specialized laser allows your doctor to remove the pigment from your gums while minimizing bleeding and swelling.

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort as your gum heals. If you experience mild discomfort, over-the-counter painkillers are an effective way to relieve your pain while you recover.

You should make sure to be gentle with your gums as you heal and keep up with your oral hygiene. Your doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery and perform any touch-up treatments.

To learn more about enhancing your smile with gingival depigmentation, call Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, or request an appointment online today.