Even in otherwise healthy mouths, hyperpigmentation in the gums can leave a person’s smile looking unattractive and embarrassing. Laser de-depigmentation of gums (also known as gum bleaching) is a procedure used to remove excess melanin from gums, transforming unattractive dark brown or black gums into healthy-looking pink smiles. Using WaterLase technology, Smile in the City can painlessly and accurately remove dark pigmentation, giving Manhattan and New York residents the bright clean smiles they deserve.
Gum hyperpigmentation can occur for a number of reasons, such as from smoking, taking certain medications, or as a reaction from other dental surgeries. In these cases, the most important part of treatment is to address the underlying cause, to be sure that the gum discoloration is not a sign of other more serious problems.
However, the most common reason for dark gums is simply genetics. Excess melanin in the gums is a common occurrence in naturally dark-skinned people, and it can affect even people whose mouths are perfectly healthy. This is particularly common in certain ethnic groups, such as people of African or Middle Eastern descent. In these cases, dark or spotted gums do not present any health risk and are not indicative of any gum disease, but many people would still prefer their gums to appear bright and pink.
However, no matter what the reason for having discolored gums, the advanced WaterLase technology can correct the problem. WaterLase employs a special kind of laser (Yttrium Scandium Gallium Garnet, or YSGG laser) that interacts with water in a particular way, creating an effective, accurate, and painless method of removing dark or pigmented gum tissue. The WaterLase technology can be used for a variety of dental procedures, such as preparing cavities for fillings, preparing molars for sealant, or reshaping or removing excess gum tissue. In the case of gum bleaching though, the goal is to remove the melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin and cause discoloration) from the basal gum layer, so that new pink gum tissue can form naturally as the gums heal. Because the target cells are close to the surface, the WaterLase procedure is minimally invasive, has no effect on the rest of the mouth, and requires very little recovery time.
The method is actually so specialized to reduce pain that a number of patients can have the operation done entirely without anaesthetics. Of course, different people have different levels of pain sensitivity, so local anaesthetics can still be employed if necessary. The treatment is also so fast and effective that it can sometimes be completed in as little as one office visit, with very little healing time needed. Other benefits to WaterLase treatment over traditional methods include the lower risk of complications from bleeding, no risk for cross-contamination from other parts of the mouth, and no need for intimidating scalpels, needles, or stitches.
The WaterLase treatment is most suitable for patients with gum discoloration due to genetichyperpigmentation. However, the treatment is not likely to be suitable for patients whose gums are discolored due to other health problems. Patients with oral disease, various infections, or very thin gum tissue are at high risk for complications from gum bleaching, and are not advised to attempt the procedure. Finally, due to the nature of the procedure, it is not suitable for patients whose dark gums are caused by periodontal disease, or any reason not caused by surface pigmentation. We will perform a thorough examination of your gums and will tell you if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
At the end of the day, a bright smile brightens everyone’s day. Using the cutting edge WaterLase technology for gum bleaching, Smile in the City can repair unsightly gums and bring that brightness back to NYC. It’s time to start smiling, and Smile in the City can help!