What is Gum Depigmentation?

Black Man and Woman Smiling Did you know that the color of our gums can be as varied as our skin tones? We call these brown or black splotches on the gums gum (gingival) hyperpigmentation. This discoloration can occur in any ethnicity but is more common in darker-skinned individuals.

In most instances these gum discolorations are benign. But your oral care specialist should always confirm this for you. Gum hyperpigmentation can also be:

  • caused by tobacco usage.
  • a side effect of taking certain medication.
  • a symptom of ulcerative gingivitis (gum disease) or Addison’s disease (an endocrine disorder).
  • due to a genetic predisposition.

Treating Gum Depigmentation with Lasers

If you’re not happy with the aesthetics of your gums due to gum hyperpigmentation, we offer today’s safest, most effective laser gum lightening procedure, called gum depigmentation.

Interested in learning more? Dr. Fava writes more about gum depigmentation in “In the Pink: Zapping Away Dark Gum Splotches with Lasers.”

Call us at one of our two convenient locations in Northeast Philadelphia (215-677-8686) or Ambler (215-643-4393). You can also contact us online to set up a consultation. Discover how we can use our state-of-the-art MVP-7 Periolase to change your gum appearance in as little as one visit!