Gums have a very important part to play in a healthy-looking smile. Dental crowns, implants, bridges, and veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth but if dark or black gums are left untreated, they can ruin your smile. An innovative lightening treatment, also called gum bleaching, administered by an experienced periodontist can permanently brighten even the darkest of gums. Ideal candidates for the treatment have healthy gums and practice good oral hygiene so only cosmetic concerns need addressing.

What causes gum discoloration?
In many cases, gum discoloration is genetic and affects people of all races and ethnicities. Their gums may be quite healthy but women, in particular, tend to feel that dark gums are unattractive and become self-conscious about them. Other reasons for gum discoloration include smoking, taking certain medications like those for treating acne or periodontal infections, and some systemic diseases. Having metal-based crowns or fillings that have corroded can also cause discoloration.

Gum bleaching treatment
The periodontist will examine your discolored gums thoroughly before any treatment to ensure they are healthy. If your gums are inflamed or swollen due to gum disease this has to be treated first.
The degree of pigment saturation and discoloration varies so each patient needs a customized treatment plan. Some patients may not need any surgery whereas others may need some minor surgery to prepare for the bleaching procedure. The periodontist applies a topical numbing paste to the gums and then applies the bleaching solution.

How long does the procedure take?
Treatment time will depend on the extent of the discoloration but in most cases one treatment offers dramatic results. It is possible to treat all areas of gum discoloration in just one visit. A single treatment takes less than an hour and will leave you with pleasant-looking pink gums. This can help to restore your confidence and make you feel less self-conscious about your smile.

Risks and recovery
You will experience no discomfort or complications after the treatment unless you have very sensitive gums. In this case, you may experience a little discomfort for a short time. The treatment doesn’t affect your ability to talk or eat and you can carry on with your regular activities as soon as you leave the office. There is no special care required afterward. The cost of the procedure will depend on many different factors such as the depth, degree, and location of the discoloration.

Gum bleaching in Beverley Hills
Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, a celebrity periodontist, pioneered a gum bleaching treatment that has been published in leading scientific journals. He remains a leader in this specialized field and you can call The Total Smile at (310) 928-1796 to set up a free consultation. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.

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