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Gum Bleaching

What is Gum Bleaching

Gum bleaching, also known as gum depigmentation or gum lightening, is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to reduce the appearance of dark or discolored gums. Dark spots or patches on the gums can be caused by excessive melanin pigmentation, which is a natural occurrence but can sometimes lead to aesthetic concerns.

Gum bleaching is often sought by individuals who are self-conscious about the appearance of their gums and wish to achieve a more uniform and lighter gum color. The procedure involves the removal or reduction of the excess melanin in the gum tissue, resulting in a more even and lighter gum tone.

What are the different Treatments?

Surgical Gum Depigmentation: In this method, a dentist or periodontist uses a scalpel to carefully remove the pigmented gum tissue. The area is then sutured to promote healing. This technique may be used for more extensive pigmentation issues.

Laser Gum Depigmentation: This is a popular method that involves using a dental laser to remove the superficial layers of pigmented gum tissue. The laser’s energy targets and breaks down the melanin, leading to a lighter appearance. Laser gum depigmentation is precise and generally causes minimal discomfort.