Gum depigmentation, or gum bleaching, is a procedure used to remove black spots and patches on the gums. The most common causes of darker pigment in the gums are genetics, smoking, side effects of 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 showcase their smiles better. Dr. Wright and Dr. Moran are two of a handful of periodontists in Orange County who offer this treatment equipped with the latest laser technology.
Laser Gum Depigmentation (Laser Gum Bleaching)
Laser gum depigmentation vaporizes and removes a thin top layer of the gum tissue. As new tissue is created during healing, it tends to be pink rather than brown. The treatment may require a local anesthetic injection and has a short recovery time with manageable discomfort. Sometimes, depending on the color and depth of the dark patch, it could take several sessions to achieve the desired degree of lightning.