What Is Laser Depigmentation?
Laser depigmentation is the process of removing pigment from gums to make them have a lighter or pinker appearance. It is also commonly referred to as Laser Gum Bleaching or Laser Gum Lighting.
The treatment will help your gums appear more uniform in colour and appearance, making your smile that much nicer.
Why Laser Gum Depigmentation Is Needed
Most gum tissue is pink in colour. Sometimes, excess deposits of melanin accumulate and create dark spots or patches on the gums called hyper-pigemenation.
These spots can range in size from smaller areas to larger splotches that cover a sizable area of the gums’ surface.
Using the PerioLase MVP-7 laser technology, we can easily and near-painlessly address the cosmetic issue with a fast, comfortable, and safe procedure – Laser Gum Bleaching.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Gum Bleaching
Some of the benefits of Laser Gum Bleaching include:
- Fast, safe, comfortable
- Minimally invasive – no cutting or tearing of tissue
- Less painful and quicker to heal compared to other procedures
- Ensure an even lightening of the gums
- Precisely target the melanin deposits without harming healthy tissue
- Better outcomes (appears better) and higher patient satisfaction
Ready for Laser Gum Depigmentation? Call OMG Perio
If you want to see if Laser Gum Depigmentation treatment interests you, come down to OMGPerio.
Our clinic is one of the only practices in the Hamilton area offering LANAP – our staff received specialized training in the procedure, so you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands.
If you want to have your gums looking healthy and lighter, we’d be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
Laser Gum Depigmentation FAQs
What makes the gums dark?
Melanin is a natural pigment that influences skin pigmentation (colour and tone). The more melanin is present, the more your gums will feature black or brown patches on the gums or lips. This process is known as melanin hyperpigmentation or gingival hyper-pigmentation. The melanin is harmless – this is an entirely elective, cosmetic procedure to brighten dark gums.
Why use the PerioLase MVP-7 for Laser Depigmentation?
Dental lasers are not only faster compared to more analogue procedures, but also involve zero tearing or cutting of tissue using scalpels and burs. gum depigmentation. The PerioLase MVP-7 targets and destroys melanocytes in the gums without impacting healthy tissues. Even compared to other lasers this is considered extremely precise; other lasers perform what is often called “laser peel”, attacking the surface layer by layer until the melanin deposits are reached. This can cause bleeding and other negative side effects. Additionally, the PerioLase targets harmful bacteria and removes it, potentially preventing gum disease and other complications.
Does Laser Gum Depigmentation hurt?
During the procedure, local anesthesia is used, so you won’t feel anything. The treated area may feel slightly tender following the procedure, similar to the feeling you have after biting into hot food. You can eat and drink normally following the procedure but avoid spicy food for a few days. Advil and other over-the-counter medications can also help mitigate any postoperative discomfort.
How long does Laser Depigmentation last?
If your gums are taken care of, a long time! Smoking does impact the longevity, however.
What is Gingival Hyper-Pigmentation?
The tissue surrounding the base of your teeth to your lips is called gingiva, or what we commonly refer to as our gums. When melanin deposits cause darker spots to appear on the gums, this is called Gingival Hyper-pigmentation.
How long does laser depigmentation take?
Often it can be completed in a single session! And recovery is very short – a couple days or so, typically. Darker areas, however, may require more time.