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What is Gum Bleaching (Gingival Depigmentation)?

Gum pigmentation is caused by melanin and melanin is a natural substance in our body that we find in freckles, sun spots, age spots. It’s what makes us tan in the summertime. Unfortunately, some people have an overproduction of melanin in their gums. Fortunately, there is something that can be done today. Its called gingival depigmentation or gum bleaching, and that’s just a fancy word for removal of those brown or black spots. Now, there are a lot of methods of gum bleaching that have been developed to do this. However, the preferred method in this office is to use a laser. Now, there’s a lot of different kinds of lasers, but we use a water lase. Now, a water lase is a laser that utilizes water, air, and laser energy to gently peel away the layers of the dark pigmentation. We love this method here in this office because there is zero discomfort during the procedure and minimal after. Now, there is some redness, raw redness right after the gum bleaching procedure. But, within four days to a week, that heals up and the results are just beautiful pink gums. Afterwards, little discomfort, Advil, Mortin, or Tylenol is all that’s needed and most people find out that its quite an easy procedure.