Dark gums are caused by an excess of melanin in the gums, which make them look brown or black instead of pink, depending on the amount of melanin build up. Fortunately, in most cases it is not a disease but a variation of the normal gum structure. However, if you feel that the dark gums are not cosmetically appealing there is a solution that will give you the pink gums you desire. Dr. Alexander Lezhansky DDS at Bright Smile Design Dental can use a laser in order to remove the excess melanin lightening the dark gum and creating a pink gum. This procedure is called Laser Gum Bleaching.
Call Bright Smile Design Dental to set up a free consultation for Laser Gum Bleaching; we have 2 conveniently located dental offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan to accommodate your busy schedule. During your Laser Gum Bleaching consult Dr. Alexander Lezhansky DDS will evaluate your dark gums to make sure that the dark spots are not caused by gum disease. After a thorough exam of your gums Dr. Lezhansky will make his recommendation.
Laser Gum Bleaching is a cosmetic dental procedure performed by a dentist using a special laser that removes the top thin layer of gum tissue that contains the dark color. Dental numbing medicine is used to make the procedure virtually painless. After the procedure, usually there is minimal discomfort which can be controlled by using over the counter pain medication.
Since our dentist is using a special laser technology there is usually no bleeding or swelling after the Laser Gum Bleaching. After the procedure, a special rinse will be prescribed in order to help keep the gums clean.
The Laser Gum Whitening usually takes 45 minutes per arch, meaning that the top gum whitening would take approximately 45 minutes. If you want the top and bottom gums whitened, then it would take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes or two appointments 45 minutes each. Sometimes, the dark gums have very deep discoloration and Dr. Lezhansky will have the patient return for a touchup within a month of the treatment in order to do a touch up of the area.
At Bright Smile Design Dental in NYC and Brooklyn this cosmetic procedure is performed in a relaxing and comfortable environment using the most advance techniques and technology. Other procedures available for gum whitening have a higher chance of relapse compared to the Laser Gum Bleaching.