Depigmentation of dark gums

Depigmentation of dark gums

“A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.” – Unknown

A smile is influenced by the position of the mouth, lips, shape, colour of teeth and also by the gums. The gums play a vital role in a smile. Its appearance is one of the most fundamental requirements to manifest a beautiful smile. If the gums do not display their natural pink colour, it does not complete the smile.

Gum hyperpigmentation or dark gums are a common manifestation in people with dark skin. It is the result of genetically abnormal deposition of melanin in excessive quantities in the top layer of the epithelium. Other reasons of hyperpigmentation are associated with smoking, amalgam fillings, endocrine disturbances, side effects of long-term intake of particular medications and Albright’s syndrome. They often appear in patches or as dark spots and mostly localize at the anterior labial gingiva. Though hyperpigmentation is not a disease or a deformity, aesthetic preference is always towards pink gums for persons with a high smile.

Gum depigmentation also known as gum bleaching or gum lightening procedure removes dark patches and spots and vastly improve the appearance of gums. Gingival depigmentation is achieved in a single sitting. The thin top layer of the gum tissue contains melanin, which is removed and a new tissue is revealed. After healing, the tissue tends to be pink.

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