Although studies have proven that racial pigmentation, ethnic pigmentation, and multifocal pigmentation in the gums and oral mucus membranes do not have negative health consequences, many people still feel like they’re undesired blemishes on the self-confidence afforded by a bright white smile. Fortunately, several proven methods of improving these discolorations are available. If you’re looking to make your smile as perfect as possible, here’s everything you need to know about multifocal pigmentation and how to remove it!
What Is It?
The dark side of a smile is multifocal pigmentation. It can cover teeth, gums, and other oral mucus membranes. Multifocal pigmentation may be hereditary or caused by some type of trauma, but it is not necessarily a health threat to your well-being. However, many people feel that darkly pigmented gums limit the self-confidence afforded by a bright white smile.
How Do You Know If You Have It?
It is possible to have darkly pigmented gums without knowing it. This is because there is no standard for measuring or assessing dark pigments and some people may have more or less pigment than others. Additionally, gum tissue can be stained by other substances such as tobacco and coffee, making them appear darker than they are naturally. For this reason, a dental professional should evaluate your gum tissue before you start any treatments to make sure that it is not stained. If it is stained, then this will need to be addressed before whitening treatments can be done. Once your gum tissue has been identified as clean and unaffected by outside substances, then you will want to ask about a variety of whitening options including in-office procedures and over-the-counter products available at drug stores.
How Is It Treated?
The most common treatment for darkly pigmented gums is laser light therapy. This procedure can be completed in an office-based setting and typically takes less than a half hour to complete. By emitting intense pulsing light onto the gum, dentists are able to break down pigments in the skin and reduce its appearance of darkness. This is a safe and effective treatment that has been shown to provide a brighter smile for up to two years after the completion of therapy.
Can You Treat It At Home?
Yes, it is possible to lighten your gums and oral mucus membranes with various treatments. Some people have found success with over-the-counter topical applications like those you find in your local pharmacy or grocery store. However, for a more permanent solution, we recommend speaking with your dentist about professional teeth whitening services. These treatments can be pricey but are often covered by dental insurance.
Before, During, And After Treatment:
Before treatment, it is necessary to have a thorough oral exam. This exam will be used to identify any underlying conditions that may be causing your dark pigmentation in the gums and oral mucus membranes. Once these issues are resolved, there are several dental treatments available for whitening your teeth. Non-invasive whitening options include toothpaste and toothbrushes that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Alternatively, you may have laser gum surgery or laser dentistry performed by a dentist in order to remove stains from your teeth. During treatment, it is important to follow all instructions given by your dentist and maintain an excellent home care routine to ensure that any stains on your teeth do not reappear after treatment has been completed.
Frequently Asked Questions a]About Treating Gum Discoloration With Laser Therapy:
Q. Is laser Therapy Painful?
A. Laser treatments are most often painless and do not require anesthesia. Patients may experience a light tingling sensation during treatment, but many patients describe it as similar to a rubber band snapping on the skin.
Q. What Are My Results After Treatment?
A. Depending on your needs, you can expect to see results immediately or in as little as three days after your first session with us! With repeated treatments, we can help you achieve that bright smile you’ve always wanted while also reducing gum recession and gum sensitivity. You will be able to return to your daily activities within hours following treatment, so there is no need for any time-consuming healing process or recovery period for this procedure!