Gingival depigmentation, also known as gum lightening, is a treatment Dr. Mason Miner can perform with laser technology to address cosmetic concerns with gingival hyperpigmentation. By lightening dark gum tissue, our dentist can help our patients achieve a more uniform and appealing smile. To learn more about how our team can use laser dentistry to improve the health and appearance of your smile, call Durango Laser Dentistry at 970-247-2677. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!
What Causes Gingival Hyperpigmentation?
Dark pigmentation around the gumline is not necessarily a reflection of gum or dental health, and even patients with excellent and consistent at-home care can develop hyperpigmentation due to smoking habits, genetic predisposition, specific medications or medical conditions, and a number of other factors. In some cases, darkened gums can be the permanent result of a previous infection, and our dentist will first perform a thorough examination to ensure there is no periodontal disease remaining that needs to be addressed before your gum lightening procedure.
What To Expect From Gum Lightening
To begin treatment, Dr. Miner applies local anesthetic to mitigate any potential discomfort, though the dental lasers we use are precise and efficient enough that most patients only need a topical anesthetic throughout the procedure. Dr. Miner will then use one of our high-tech dental lasers to lighten the affected areas. While the length of the session will depend on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, our team can give you a good estimate prior to treatment.
To learn more about gingival depigmentation in Durango, Colorado, and to schedule a consultation with our dentist, call or visit our office today!