Depigmentation in Ellenbrook
Laser gum depigmentation is an advanced laser technology that works by breaking down the melanin in the gum tissue that makes it darker than surrounding tissues. Lasers do not cause any adverse effects because they work at the cellular level.
What is Laser Gum Depigmentation
Laser Gum Depigmentation
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FAQ'S About Laser Gum Depigmentation
Laser gum depigmentation is available to almost anyone suffering from gingival hyperpigmentation. The main requirement is simply that the gums must be in good overall health. Periodontal disease or any infection or underlying health conditions that may have contributed to gum pigmentation must be treated first before laser gum whitening can be performed.
Book a consultation appointment with Ellen Stirling Dental so we can assess your gum health and viability for laser gum whitening.
Several different factors cause dark gingival pigment. Among them are:
- Melanin: Melanin, the pigment that gives hair, eyes, and skin colour, is produced by the body. We also produce melanin in our gums. Most people with darker complexions naturally produce higher levels of melanin than others. The darker a person’s hair, complexion, or eyes are, the more melanin they have in their bodies. Not all gums are naturally pink. In fact, gums can come in a variety of shades. The presence of increased melanin in a person’s body may result in dark brown or black gums. There is no need to be concerned if a person’s gums have always been dark. However, if the gum colour changes quickly or black spots occur on the gums, they are unlikely to be produced by melanin and may signal a medical problem.
- Smoking: Gum discolouration can be caused by smoking. Smoker’s melanosis is the term for this condition. Melanin is produced by specialized cells in the body called melanocytes. Tobacco contains nicotine, which causes melanocytes to increase melanin production. Gums may turn a darker shade of brown or black. The colour change might occur in patches or cover the entire interior of the mouth. The colour of the inner cheekbones and the lower lip may also change.
- Medical Condition or Medication: Certain medical conditions, systemic illnesses, or medications prescribed to treat certain diseases can also lead to an increase in melanin production in the gums. When a person has Addison’s disease, a disorder caused by an inadequate supply of certain hormones, their gums and lips may become darkened. Additionally, the prescription antibiotic minocycline and antimalarial medications can cause dark spots to form on the gums.
The top layer of gum cells is destroyed during laser gum depigmentation. The surface pigment is also removed when those cells are killed, resulting in pinker gums. The laser traces over the dark pigment on the gingival surface, eliminating dark patches until the desired pink hue is achieved. The gum depigmentation technique can be applied to a single spot or the entire gum surface.
Laser gum depigmentation requires little to no recovery time. Once the dental procedure is completed, patients can return to their normal activities. Some people may experience mild gum discomfort or sensitivity, but it should subside in no time. If you feel comfortable eating and drinking after the procedure, you may do so. Just remember to be gentle and careful with your gums after the procedure, especially when eating or brushing.
Costs vary greatly depending on your needs when it comes to laser depigmentation. We recommend scheduling a consultation with Ellen Stirling Dental so we can assess your needs. We can discuss the procedure cost with you once we have identified the areas that require laser treatment.
Laser gum depigmentation comes with relatively little aftercare. Patients can usually return to their normal routine right after the operation. Patients will be able to drive themselves home after the treatment because sedation is often not required. Patients with sensitive gums may suffer a little discomfort or sensitivity. However, this is uncommon and can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications for pain, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
After you’ve completed the healing time, you won’t need to follow any particular aftercare regimen. However, it’s still crucial to maintain good dental hygiene habits daily. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, and floss at least once per day. It is recommended that you visit a dentist regularly to ensure that your teeth receive professional cleanings, which will lower your chance of developing gum disease.