If you have noticed that your gums tend to look different than those of your friends or family, you have what are known as dark gums. Dark gums can be the result of a number of factors, including your genetics, some medicines you may take, medical factors or even as a result of smoking. Whatever the reasons may be for this condition, you may find that your gums look unsightly and want to do something about them. Thankfully there are some treatment options available to you that you may want to explore. You can find dark gums treatment in Los Angeles available in a few methods, including:
In the past, the primary option available to you involved oral surgery. In this procedure, the outer layer of the gums that has been darkened is surgically removed. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia and can be done in the office of your dental care professional. The outer layer of gum tissue is removed and the inner layer is then allowed to heal and normally with just a few days you will be able to see pink gum tissue. Some people do experience a return of the dark gums after several months and may need to have the procedure performed again, making this option unappealing to some.
In the last several years gum bleaching has become much more prominent and a better alternative in terms of treatment for many people. In this procedure, the gums are numbed using a topical numbing agent or local anesthesia. There is then a bleaching treatment that takes place as the solution is applied to the darkened area of the gums to remove the areas that are discolored. There is then a dermabrasion treatment performed to ensure that the discoloration does not return. The procedure does not take long to complete at the results are permanent so that you do not need to undergo the procedure again.
While there are options available to you, you do want to discuss any plans with an experienced periodontist to see which type of treatment may be best for you. Your periodontist can perform a thorough exam to help determine the cause of the dark gums and then come up with a plan that will help you to eradicate the dark gums so that you can have the mouth and smile you have been seeking.