Dark Gums? Try Laser De-Pigmentation

You don’t have to live with discoloured gums – a laser de-pigmentation treatment can give you a lifetime of pink gums

If you are unhappy with the colour of your gum tissues and feel like they interfere with the appearance of your smile, then gum de-pigmentation might be just the treatment for you.

Some people have natural hyperpigmentation in their gingival tissues – excess melanin can build up in the gums, making them look brown or black instead of pink. Other causes of dark gums include smoking, side effects from certain medications and the possible effect of amalgam fillings on the gum.

“The extra pigment does not indicate any disease or dysfunction. Patients seek treatment because of an aesthetic preference for pink gums that showcases their teeth better,” explains Dr Kathrin Trelles, Dubai-based implantologist cosmetic laser dentist and founder of Vilafortuny.

The state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic provide laser gum depigmentation as part of its portfolio of services, a technique which vaporises the thin top layer of the gum tissue, eliminating the cells that produce melanin. When new tissue is created during the healing process, it tends to be pink rather than brown.

Dr Trelles adds: “Patients with very sensitive gums may experience some discomfort for a short period of time but will not see complications after the treatment. Patients can expect to be able to speak and eat normally immediately after the treatment, and complete healing will take place within two weeks. Depending on the patient’s lifestyle, a gum de-pigmentation treatment can last a lifetime.”