It often happens that the color of our gums changes. The Gum Depigmentation (Gum Whitening) also known as Laser Gum Bleaching is a good way to restore the natural pink look of the gums. Continue reading to know the cost, benefits, results, side effects, procedure, and more.
What is Gum Depigmentation (Gum Whitening)?
Having dark gums can greatly affect people’s self-confidence. In the past, gum whitening treatment involved surgery, where the darker outer layer of the gum was removed – not only was this extremely painful, but it was also ineffective, as the pigmentation would return within 6 months. However, thanks to advanced laser technology, more effective and less invasive options are now available, which includes laser gum depigmentation or bleaching.
What are the Potential Causes?
Smoking: Smokers often suffer from smoker’s melanosis (and gum discolouration).
Medications: Certain medications e.g. antimalarial agents and some tranquilizers may lead to gum discolouration.
Genetics: Genes play a huge role is gum depigmentation. In most cases, gum discolouration is linked to skin complexion; people with a fairer complexion usually have pinker gums, while individuals with darker complexions tend to have pigmentation around their gums. This pigmentation can appear as patches, or affect the entire gum.
Gum disease: Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease which may cause inflammation and discoloration of the gums. This must be addressed first, and can usually be treated with a periodontal cleaning or Laser Gum Therapy.
Systemic Disease: Increased melanin (which can lead to dark gums) has also been linked with endocrine disorders such as Peutz Jeghers Syndrome and Addison’s disease
Metallic Filings: Shavings from metallic fillings can embed themselves in the gums, causing grey/black spot discolouration (known as an amalgam tattoo)
Results and Benefits
It has the following results and benefits;
- Delivers natural-looking results.
- Minimally invasive
- The patient will experience no pain.
- The gums will be whitened carefully.
- No downtime after this procedure.
- The recovery process may last for four to five days.
- The patient will be able to eat and drink right after the treatment.
The Machine We Use
At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, the Gum Depigmentation is performed with the help the latest, safest, and most effective laser machine.
Who is a Candidate?
You can be a good candidate for it if you fulfil the following;
- Have brown or black gums.
- Do not have a thin gum tissue.
- Have gums that are in good health.
- Suffer from an oral disease.
- Have gums that are dark because of a periodontal disease.
What is the Aim of Treatment?
The Gum Bleaching Procedure aims to achieve the following goals;
- To whiten the gums carefully.
- To keep the teeth and gums safe.
- To deliver ultimate gum whitening results.
Which Technique is Used?
At Euromed, an advanced laser machine is used to perform this procedure by our resident dental expert Dr Sofia, one of the only dentists in the Middle East to have a Masters qualification in the use of lasers in dentistry.
How is the Treatment Performed?
Laser gum depigmentation involves using laser technology to safely remove the melanin pigmentation that causes gum discolouration. This leads to brighter, pink gums in one quick, pain-free session that usually takes just one hour.
In order to get the best results, it is important to know the cause of your gum discolouration before undergoing the treatment. For example, if the pigmentation is a result of gum disease, the gum disease must be treated first. Dr Sofia will determine this at the initial consultation.
How to Prepare for the Treatment?
The doctors provide a list of instructions to follow before the procedure. The doctors often ask the following;
- Take the prescribed medication and tests.
- Stop taking blood-thinners and painkillers.
- Stop drinking alcohols and smoking cigarettes.
Post-Op Care and the Recovery Time
The treatment delivers promising results in short time and the recovery period is short. The post-treatment instructions are easy to follow.
- Stay away from alcoholic drinks.
- Stay away from tobacco products.
- Eat and drink as per the instructions.
Cost of Gum Depigmentation (Gum Whitening)
The cost of Gum Whitening (Gum Depigmentation) varies from person to person, but at Euromed we offer really competitive rates for all of our treatments. Call us or fill the online form now to contact us to find out more.
Gum Depigmentation FAQ’s
How long does gum depigmentation last?
In general, the effects of gum depigmentation can last for 20 years. However, the results can last for a lifetime if you take routine care.
Can you lighten gums?
Yes, you can try a gum depigmentation or gum bleaching treatment to lighten your gums. This technique is safe, simple, short, and effective.
Is gum bleaching permanent?
The results of gum bleaching can be permanent if the person takes good oral care on a regular basis. As per estimates, its life can be somewhere around 20 years.
Is gum bleaching painful?
No, not at all. Laser gum bleaching is a non-surgical and non-invasive method that does not cause pain and there are no other risks in it.
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