Laser Gum Bleaching in Staten Island, NY
Darker gums are typically rather normal and safe. However, many patients seek to lighten and smooth the tone of their gums with laser gum bleaching (also known as laser gum depigmentation) to greatly improve their gum’s appearance.
The typical color of gingival (gum) tissue is pink. However, excess deposits of melanin can create the appearance of brown or black patches on the gums. “Hyper-pigmentation” is a fancy term for “dark gums.” Dark gums can affect individuals with cultural factors and pigmentation imbalances. These imbalances can range from covering small spots on the gums to nearly the entire area.
The color of your gums may be important to you. If you feel you’d like lighter gums, laser gum bleaching may be right for you.
If you’re interested in seeing how gum whitening can help you, please contact us at our Staten Island, NY or Port Washington, NY office for a laser gum bleaching consultation. Many people find greater confidence and contentment when the appearance of their teeth and gums are healthy and vibrant. Our office strives to provide that opportunity safely and effectively to those who want to smile their proudest 🙂
Laser Gum Depigmentation in Staten Island and Long Island, NY
When most people think about their smile, they tend to focus more on their teeth than anything else. However, your gums play an important role too: framing your teeth. If your gums are misshapen or discolored, it can take the focus off of your pearly whites or make your mouth look strange.
Fortunately, Greenfield Laser & Dental Implant Center offers laser gum depigmentation to brighten your smile and stimulate healthy tissue growth.
If your gums look discolored, there might be a reason why. Here are a few common reasons patients experience darkened or splotchy gums:
- Poor Dental Hygiene: If you have a longstanding history of not caring your teeth, your gums might show your past transgressions. Gums can become red, inflamed, or permanently discolored because of past infections or scarring.
- Ethnicity: People with dark skin are the patients who are most commonly affected by dark or splotchy gums. Some patients can have a surplus of melanin in the skin and other soft tissues, making your gums look dark and unhealthy.
- Personal Habits: Habits like smoking or chewing tobacco can also discolor your gums. Although bleaching is effective against damaged, discolored tissues, the problem won’t be completely resolved unless you change your ways. If you have signs of gum disease please do come in and make an appointment to see what Dr. Greenfield will recommend as a treatment.
- Medications: Unfortunately, some medications can alter people’s oral tissues. If you have taken a medication that makes your gums dark, laser depigmentation can help. However, if you continue to take the medication, the procedure might have to be repeated in the future.
Laser gum depigmentation is incredibly effective. Dr. Greenfield will use a gentle laser that reacts with the water present in your gums to even out the color. Although it might seem painful to let a dentist zap your gum with a laser, it’s actually a relatively painless and non-invasive procedure. It can also be comforting to know that it is a simple and fast recovery. The procedure can usually be completed in a single visit.