Depigmentation of gums
Are you worried of black gummy smile ....?
Smile expresses a feeling of joy, happiness and reveals self confidence. The harmony of a smile is determined not only by the shape, position
and colour of teeth but also by colour of gums. Complaints of black gums are common especially in patients with high smile line.
The common cause of darker pigments in the gums is genetics . Excess melanin in the gums, making them look brown or black instead of pink .
This is more common in Africans or middle eastern people. This extra pigment doesn't indicate any disease or dysfunction .
Patients seek treatment because of cosmetic preference for pink gums that showcase their teeth better .
Other causes of dark gums include smoking, side effects of certain medications and possible effects of Amalgam fillings in the gums .
Effective treatment for dark gums is by Diode soft tissue Laser.
The laser beam produces bloodless field for surgery, cause minimum damage to the tissues and underlying bone and doesn't need any
dressing after the surgery. This has the advantages of easy handling, short treatment time, Haemostasis (bleeding control)
decontamination & sterilisation effects .
Dr Sumedha Nandakumar