Dark Gums (Hyperpigmentation)
Many people hide their smile because they do not like the color or texture of their gums. Even individuals who have teeth that are healthy, bright and straight can find themselves not showing them because they are self-conscious of the appearance of their gums.
Dark gums, also known as oral pigmentation, can occur due to a number of different reasons, including inherent biological characteristics, along with external factors. Dark gums can represent a minor underlying condition, or they can be the first symptom of a more severe disease. Because of this, patients with dark gums should immediately seek professional assistance.
There are two classifications of dark gums: exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous pigmentation is caused by external factors that affect the color of the gums. Endogenous pigmentation is caused by materials coming from within the body, such as melanin or hemosiderin.
Other causes for oral pigmentation include:
- Substandard crowns
- Certain medications
- Amalgam fillings
- Other physiological conditions
Whatever the case, Drs. Moshrefi and Daneshmand can rapidly assess the cause, helping them determine the best course of effective treatment. While some treatment may be designed to address an underlying condition, other forms of treatment may exist solely for cosmetic purposes.
Our board-certified periodontal dentists will go over with you the best procedure that will bring about the best result for making dark gums lighter. We can use various proven techniques, including using high tech lasers, depending upon the extent and cause of the discoloration. One effective gum enhancement treatment with instant results is a very efficient surgical procedure. No chemicals are involved, and there are no sutures or surgical dressings. You can go home with beautiful gums that are no longer dark.