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What is gum depigmentation?

The epithelium of gingiva contains cells called melanocytes. These cells are responsible for melanin pigmentation, which is seen as black spots or patches on the gum surface. Certain medicines, systemic diseases and habits like smoking can also cause gum depigmentation. Darkening of gums can also occur due to some gum diseases like ‘trench mouth’
Gum depigmentation, also called gum bleaching, is a cosmetic dental procedure performed to lighten and remove black spots and patches on the gum caused by melanin. 

Procedures used for gum depigmentation
Mainly 2 techniques are employed – laser and surgical

Laser : Dental laser targets melanocytes and ablates them, which in turn reduces the production of melanocytes. Similar to laser skin resurfacing, laser gum depigmentation destroys the top most layer of gums. This lightens the gums and gives them the natural pink colour. Treatment with laser ablation is minimally invasive and most effective. The healing time is speedy as well and patient discomfort is minimal.


In earlier days, surgical procedures were employed for gum lightening. Scalpels and rotary tools were used to physically abrade the gums. This method is more painful, more invasive and also more expensive.
Lasers are always superior to surgical depigmentation methods.

Before starting the treatment, your doctor may advice you deep cleaning and administer antibiotic drugs to rid off any persisting gum infections.

 Dr. Pankti Patel, our Chief Dentist specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry and is well versed in the field. She had over a decade of work experience. We employ Biolase Laser Ablation which is one of the best brands employed in countries like the United States of America. The procedure conducted by our efficient team of doctors is painless, hassle free and exceptional. To know more about Dr. Pankti Patel :

How do flouride help prevent dental caries?

How do fluorides help preventing dental caries ?

What are fluorides ?

Fluoride is a naturally existing material found in earth’s crust. Traces of fluorides are also found in water and certain foods. Fluoride is intentionally added in drinking water and tooth pastes to provide protection against dental decays

How does it work?

·         Hardens the enamel layer of baby and adult teeth before and after eruption
·         Saliva contains acid which combined with sugar, demineralises and dissolves the calcium and phosphorus in tooth. Dental fluorides helps in remineralisation of calcium and phosphorous and thus helps in strengthening the teeth

How is dental fluoride application done ?

Dental fluoride is topically applied onto the surface of teeth in gel, foam or varnish forms. Fluoride content here is much higher to that found in water and tooth pastes. Fluoride application effectively decreases the incidence of dental cavities in children to up to 95%. The treatment is completely painless and very easy. Some dental fluorides are also incorporated with artificial added flavours for children.  Fluoride application is recommended for children aged 6 months to 16 years.
Too much of fluoride can cause fluorosis. Flurosis simply means staining of teeth, so its always recommended to talk to your pediatric dentist regarding fluoride intake and application for your children.

Patient comfort and satisfaction is our primary goal here at teeth care centre. We give the same importance to our adult patients as well as our little visitors. Our clinic is extremely child friendly. Our certified team of doctors include pediatric dentists also, who will render the best care to your child and their pearly whites
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