What can the laser do?
Selectively kill periodontal bacteria without damaging healthy tissue. The tip doesn’t need to be in direct contact to have an effect.
Gingival Pigment (Dark Gums) removal
Think of healthy gum tissue and most envision the Hollywood standard of perfection…perfect, pearly white teeth and matching brilliant, pink gums. Unfortunately, many non-Caucasian individuals—even with healthy gum tissue—can’t achieve this look due to extra pigmentation in their gums, which causes the area to look dark, brown or splotchy. We are happy to offer those living with “darker” gums a choice.
Gum discoloration can occur for several reasons. Commonly, people with darker complexions may be prone to a natural buildup of melanin in their gum tissue. Additionally, certain medications may cause gum discoloration to develop over time.
With the Periolase, Dr. Maughan is offering an effective and safe treatment for altering melanin pigmentation in the gingival (gum) tissue, producing the desired look of pink gums.
The laser technique de-pigments the gums in one office visit. The treatment is virtually painless. The procedure is considered permanent, but retreatment may prove necessary in some patients.
Cost for the cosmetic procedure typically starts at $900 per arch (upper or lower area). Call our office to schedule an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for gingival pigment removal.