Should You Worry about Having Dark Gums?

Should You Worry about Having Dark Gums?

Your everyday life seems to be going along just fine, and you are happy with your career, your relationships, and your social life. However, one morning as you are brushing your teeth, you notice something alarming about your mouth. Your gums seem to be a much darker color than you have had in the past. You may panic a bit at this discovery and wonder if there is something wrong with you. You spend the rest of your day hiding your smile and your teeth, frantically trying to make an appointment with your dentist or periodontist. Do you have cause to worry over the dark gums you have discovered? As experts on the subject, we at the office of Dr. Alex Farnoosh have some important information for you.

The Causes of Dark Pigmentation

The first thing you should know is that a darker pigmentation to your gums does not necessarily indicate that you have a health issue. There are many causes for this condition, including one where it is solely based on your genetics. Some people with particular ethnicities are more likely to have a darker color to their gum tissue, with their gums looking dark brown, brown or even black. There are outside factors that can also change the color of your gum tissue, such as certain medications you may take or smoking tobacco. While there are some health issues that can cause this problem, only your doctor or dentist can determine with any certainty if that is the cause.

You Can Get Treatment

The good news for you is that there is a highly effective treatment for dark gums available right here in our office. While other cosmetic dentists and periodontists may use a procedure called depigmentation where the dark tissue is scraped, cut or lasered away from your gums, we use a special gum whitening and dermabrasion technique first used by Dr. Farnoosh. Depigmentation often results in a painful recovery time, and the dark color returns to your gums within six months to a year. Our procedure is non-invasive with no painful recovery and provides you with permanent results.

Avoid the Anxiety

If you are feeling anxious about your dark gums and want some answers and an effective treatment method, contact us at the office of Dr. Alex Farnoosh to set up a complimentary consultation. You can reach our office at 310-657-0503 to ask questions and schedule an appointment so that you can find out the cause of the darker color and what treatment options give you the best results.