Gum Depigmentation Procedures are Available in Metro Detroit

Some people have very heavily pigmented gum tissue and they want that pigment eliminated or reduced which Michigan Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth can do.

The clinical term for dark gums is “hyperpigmentation” and it is typically caused by genetics. Dark gums don’t necessarily indicate any underlying issues and perfectly healthy gums can appear to be discolored.

There are a number of ways to eliminate the discolored gum tissue that don’t actually involve the use of a depigmenting solution.


Gum Depigmentation Procedure for Black Gums (2018)

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Eliminate Dark Gums

An option to treat dark gums involves the use of a diamond file to eliminate the outer layer of pigmented, dark tissue. Left behind will be pink, healthy beautiful gums. Recovery time is minimal and patients can often return to their normal schedules fairly quickly.

Dark Gums Treatment - Gingival Pigmentation Removal

Our office is proud to provide patients a treatment for hyperpigmentation of the gums, or dark gums.

While dark, discolored gums are generally unharmful, they can be esthetically unpleasing and a source of embarrassment. This common condition is usually genetic and typically related to an increase in melanin pigment in the gum tissue in certain areas, sometimes throughout the entire mouth. Smoking and chewing tobacco may also contribute to this problem.

Pigmentation may also be caused by silver (amalgam) fillings. Parts of the amalgam can get lodged under the gum and discolor the surrounding tissue. This, too, can cause dark spots, usually black, blue, or grey in color.


Treatment options for discovered gums in Michigan

There are several treatment options available to help eliminate the appearance of dark gums. Laser gum lightening may be used to restore the appearance of pink, healthy gums.

Dark pigmentation absorbs laser energy more strongly than the surrounding tissue so the result can be lighter, brighter looking gum tissue.

In other situations, a scalpel can be used to remove the top layer of tissue that contains the dark pigment. This can also be completed using a small instrument called a diamond burr which functions similarly to a nail file.

Dark gums treatment before and after