Dr. Brenda Paulen is a dentist in Atlanta, GA that offers gum bleaching to her patients. Gum bleaching is often referenced by other names including dark gum treatment, gum depigmentation, gum lightening, or gum whitening. The gum depigmentation treatment is a relatively quick and painless cosmetic procedure, performed with a dental soft-tissue laser, which easily removes the brown or black patches that often occur naturally on the gum tissue. While dark gums may be completely healthy, many affected patients elect to have this procedure performed to improve the appearance of their smile with uniformly pink gum tissue.
What Causes Dark Gums?
The condition called gingival hyperpigmentation or “dark gums” is caused by melanin in the surface of the gum tissue. It can affect people of all races and ethnicities, though it’s more common in people with darker skin. The dark patches can usually occur naturally, but smoking, systemic illnesses, and taking certain medications, can also contribute to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation presents no health risks, but some people simply prefer to have a smile with even, pink gums, which gum bleaching can provide.
Laser Gum Bleaching in Sandy Springs, GA
In preparation for your procedure, Dr. Paulen will first check your gums to make sure they’re healthy enough for the depigmentation. Patients with advanced gum disease may need to have their infection treated before bleaching. When Dr. Paulen begins the depigmentation treatment, she’ll apply local anesthesia to your gums. Then she’ll use the laser to carefully and evenly lighten the visible surfaces of your gums.
While the procedure is nearly painless, some sensitivity may follow your laser gum depigmentation and that is remedied by using over-the-counter medicaments and avoiding any salty and/or acidic foods. Many patients return to work directly after the procedure.
The advantages of gum bleaching and depigmentation include:
- Significantly lighter, uniform color, most often in one visit
- No scalpels or stitches
- Patients report little or no pain during or after the procedure
- Short healing time
- The dental diode laser is proven safe for many soft tissue procedures
- For most patients, the procedure only needs to be performed once
- Many patients return to work the same day
The laser gum lightening procedure was developed in response to patient requests for a comfortable treatment to lighten dark gums. This procedure is much less invasive than older surgical techniques, completely safe, and demonstrably effective.
Gum Bleaching FAQs
What is the cost of a gum bleaching treatment?
The cost of the gum depigmentation treatment will vary depending on the degree, depth, and location of the discoloration. Each patient will have to be analyzed on a case-by-case basis to determine how much treatment they require and how much they can expect to pay for gum bleaching.
Is gum bleaching a permanent treatment?
For the most part, yes! A single gum bleaching treatment can leave your gums brighter for over 25 years; sometimes even a lifetime. Most patients will not need a followup treatment. Your gums will not go back to their original color after this safe process.
Does the gum bleaching procedure hurt?
No. The procedure is non-invasive and will not cause significant pain. You may feel discomfort from the dentist working in your mouth, but it’s not painful. We do our best to make sure you are completely comfortable during and after the procedure. You may feel temporary gum sensitivity after the procedure.
Schedule a dental exam and consultation at our cosmetic dentistry! Dr. Paulen offers gum bleaching services in Atlanta, GA. You can request a consultation online at Proud Smiles or call (404) 418-7734 today.