If you have darkened gums but are otherwise healthy, San Jose dentist Dr. Grant Shimizu can help! With his Laser Gum Depigmentation treatment Dr. Shimizu will remove a thin top layer of the areas where your gums are black or brown, resulting in a beautiful new pink gum tissue.
What Causes Dark Gums?
While the normal color of the gums and gum tissue is pink, darkened gums can be caused by a number of things including smoking, medication side effects, and even metal fillings. However, for most people the most common cause is melanin. Melanin, which is a pigment responsible for the color of your hair, eyes and skin, can build up in the gums making them look brown or black instead of pink. This discoloration can range from just a few spots, to covering the majority of the surface of the gums.
Are You a Candidate?
If you are interested in having this procedure performed, your gums should be healthy and you should already be practicing good oral hygiene. If your gums are swollen or inflamed due to periodontal issues or gum disease, then Dr. Shimizu will treat these conditions before the gum depigmentation treatment can begin.
The Treatment Process
Laser Gum Depigmentation procedure vaporizes and removes a thin top layer of the gum tissue and the cells that produce melanin. As your gums heal which may take about two weeks, the new tissue that is created will be pink instead of brown.
Immediately after the treatment is completed, you will be able to speak and eat normally, and may have a slight bit of discomfort for just a short period of time.
Our laser gum depigmentation treatment can last from 20 years to a lifetime! Call Dr. Shimizu today to end the embarrassment and get the beautiful smile you’ve been wanting.