Smile Improvement Procedures: Treating Gum Discoloration
Our board-certified Brentwood periodontists, Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam, DDS and Dr. Alina Krivitsky, DDS, can diagnose and treat many causes of gum discoloration.
What is Gum Discoloration?
Normal gums are pale pink and fairly consistent in color. If your gums have significant dark black or brown spots and patches, you are likely suffering from gum discoloration, also known as “black gums”. Gum discoloration occurs when abnormally high levels of melanin (the substance that gives hair and skin its color) build up in your gum tissue. These dark spots and patches can make you hesitant to smile out of embarrassment about your appearance.
Causes of Gum Discoloration
There are many potential causes of gum pigmentation issues, including a genetic predisposition, poor dental hygiene, and smoking. People with darker skin are typically more prone to the melanin overproduction that causes gum discoloration. Certain medications, excessive sun exposure, metal-based dental crowns or fillings, and rare diseases may also trigger gum discoloration. However, anyone can suffer from gum discoloration.
Treating Gum Discoloration in West Los Angeles
If you have black gums, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky can help by performing cutting-edge gum depigmentation surgery to improve your smile. Using state-of-the-art equipment, our Brentwood periodontists will use a revolutionary microdermabrasion technique to remove the pigmented tissue and reveal the healthier, pinker tissue underneath.
Can’t I Just Bleach My Black Gums?
Some doctors may utilize chemical agents or bleaching solutions to treat gum discoloration. Unfortunately, these bleaching methods do not remove the actual structures causing the melanin buildup, making it more likely for your black gums to return than with gum depigmentation surgery. Gum depigmentation also allows the CENTER’s periodontists to be more precise when removing your black patches.
Does Gum Depigmentation Surgery Hurt?
If you choose, Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky can administer IV Sedation Therapy to relieve any pain and help you relax during your periodontal procedure. After surgery, some patients experience some discomfort and sensitivity. For most patients, these mild symptoms are relieved by over-the-counter pain medications.
Does Gum Depigmentation Surgery Work?
After undergoing gum depigmentation surgery by board-certified expert periodontists, most patients are very pleased with the results. Typically, the black patches will be significantly lightened by the dark gums treatment surgery. The gums will usually have a much more consistent overall color following surgery.
Contact Our Brentwood Periodontists Today to Treat Your Gum Discoloration
If you have dark spots on your gums, black gums, or other forms of discoloration, call the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy to schedule a consultation with Los Angeles periodontal services specialists Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky! Call the cosmetic gum surgery experts in Brentwood today at 310-826-8242!