If you have dark or splotchy gums, you may feel hesitant to smile, particularly if your teeth are bright and straight. The good news is that you can reduce or even eliminate gum discoloration in just one visit to the dentist with gingival depigmentation, also known as tooth whitening, gingival bleaching, and gum bleaching. This procedure can correct gum darkening due to aging, medication side effects, genetics, or injury to the gums—and help you feel better about your smile overall.
What Is Gingival Depigmentation?
Everyone has gum problems from time to time. But if you notice your gums are red, rough, or dark in color, this is a sure sign that you have a periodontal problem—namely gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the teeth (the gums). And it’s typically associated with plaque build-up and heavy tartar accumulation on your teeth. Not only does it cause unpleasant symptoms like gum pain, soreness, or bleeding; but it also makes your smile appear much less than healthy. Gingival depigmentation can remedy these cosmetic issues as well as fix the underlying causes of gingivitis once and for all!
Why Would I Get This Procedure Done?
Aging changes everything. Most people know about the physical signs of aging, like wrinkles and gray hair. But one of the most easily overlooked signs is gingival depigmentation. Gingival depigmentation refers to dark or splotchy gums that can be disfiguring, but not always irreversible. These effects are more common in smokers, but we recommend that all patients seek their own professional opinion if they are considering treatment.
How Long Does It Take?
The procedure usually takes only a few minutes and can be performed during a routine dental visit. It’s done by applying an acidic solution to the visible areas of the gum tissue. Once that’s been done, a cosmetic gel is applied over the surface of the gums in order to heal them and protect against any irritations or sensitivities in the future. In most cases, patients may resume their normal activities right after the treatment.
What Should I Expect During The Procedure?
The first step is determining what caused the discoloration in the first place. Some people have a condition called gingivitis that causes red, sore or swollen gums. If you are uncertain if this applies to you, speak with your dentist as they can determine the cause and help formulate a plan of action to treat it. Gingival depigmentation procedures should only be performed by a certified cosmetic dentistry professional who will examine your smile for any underlying dental issues that may need attention before proceeding with the process. Talk with your dentist about available treatments so you can decide which treatment best suits your goals and lifestyle needs.
How Do I Get Started With This Treatment?
There are many treatments out there for a brown, unhealthy-looking smile. One of the most popular is laser teeth whitening but some people do not have the time or money for such a process. If you would like an immediate result but do not want to get a professional dental treatment, one thing you can try is Gingival Depigmentation (commonly referred to as Bleaching). This is where substances are placed onto your gums that will lighten their color of them over time. It can be done in the comfort of your own home without the need for someone else to touch your teeth with messy chemicals. We’ve written this guide so that you can learn more about Gingival Depigmentation and decide if it’s right for you.