If you’re like most people with discolored, black gums, you’re self-conscious about your smile. Few people living with gum discoloration understand their treatment options, and new laser-based methods of gum lightening are not right for everyone. Dr. Alex Farnoosh is a board-certified periodontist and cosmetic dentist who offers a proprietary gum lightening treatment for dark gums to help men and women from Los Angeles, across the U.S., and around the world have smooth, even-colored gum tissue. You can start enjoying attractive gums and smiling with total confidence when you choose aesthetic gum lightening. Request an appointment with celebrity periodontist and Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, or call (310) 657-0503 to set up a consultation. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.
The Causes of Gum Discoloration
Dark gums can be caused by many factors. Most commonly, discoloration occurs due to a buildup of melanin in the gum tissue, turning otherwise healthy-looking, pink gums to a brown or even black color. People who have darker skin are more susceptible to melanin buildup in the gums. Smoking is thought to be a factor that can cause or worsen the appearance of gums with dark patches. Certain medications and gum diseases may cause gum discoloration to develop as well. Sometimes, gum discoloration can occur because of amalgam tattoos – areas of gray or blue coloring caused by silver filling particles that have migrated to the gum tissue. If you are seeking cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of your gums, be sure your doctor pinpoints and treats any issues negatively impacting gum health so that your discolored gum condition will not reoccur. Dr. Farnoosh is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Dr. Farnoosh invented the technique to treat dark gums more than 20 years ago. More than 2 decades ago, he treated his own gums using this method to lighten his gums. Today his gums are still pink & beautiful.
Patients who have uniformly discolored gums or spotty areas of dark gums all can receive their gum bleaching treatment during a single visit to Dr. Farnoosh’s office in Beverly Hills. Treatment takes less than one hour in most cases and is customized to meet the needs of each patient’s level of pigment saturation and desired results. There are no side effects from Dr. Farnoosh’s treatment method, which uses safe lightening medication to quickly and painlessly remove discoloration. In some cases, a laser treatment is combined with Dr. Farnoosh’s proprietary gum depigmentation method to improve gum appearance. Dr. Farnoosh continues to believe that for most patients his gum bleaching method is superior to the laser treatments being offered from several laser device manufacturers. Laser treatments requires several treatment sessions for most patients, while Dr. Farnoosh’s method achieves optimal improvement after only one visit. Relapse (formation of new dark splotches or patches after treatment) can occur with lasers, and maximum follow up for many of the laser techniques is 18 to 36 months with some relapse. In contrast, Dr. Farnoosh has some patients who have gone in excess of 15 years with no return of the pigmentation. See what patients have to say about their cosmetic dentistry treatments when you watch video testimonials from the practice. Dr. Farnoosh’s treatment for black gums has a long track record of safety and success. In fact, for almost 20 years, patients have been traveling to his Beverly Hills office from countries around the world for treatment of gums with dark patches or black gums. Dr. Farnoosh is widely regarded as an expert in aesthetic gum lightening treatments, and his patients’ positive word of mouth has spread around the globe.
Dark Gums FAQ
How do I choose a dentist to perform my procedure?
When treating gum discoloration, it is very important for you to trust your care to a periodontist, a dental health professional who has received several years of specialized training in the cosmetic treatment of gums and preserving gum health. Some general dentists who are not specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease are using lasers to treat black gums, but in general they do not have the level of training a periodontist has received.
What other qualifications does Dr. Farnoosh have?
Dr. Farnoosh is a highly qualified periodontist and researcher who pioneered the development of various methods of treatment of pigmented gums, including early forms of laser technology almost two decades ago. One of his treatment methods was published in the International Journal of Periodontics. In fact, over the past 18 years, he has been following up and comparing the outcome of laser treatments versus his own method of treatment.
What makes Dr. Farnoosh’s treatment method stand out?
Men and women choose Dr. Farnoosh’s non-laser method over laser-based procedures because:
- It creates a more harmonious, pleasant looking gum appearance
- It completely removes discolored (pigmented) areas on the gums with less chance of relapse
- Treatment can be completed in one session
- It is a more efficient, cost effective, and pleasant treatment (use of a laser will create an unpleasant odor caused by burning gum tissue)
Do you offer laser treatment for dark gums?
Dr. Farnoosh recognizes that laser treatment is right for certain people with particular pigmented gum problems, so he does use laser technology when appropriate. However, based on his research and clinical observation, he prefers his non-laser method treatment to eliminate gum discoloration.
What is the treatment like?
Treatment varies depending on the cause and degree of discoloration. Some patients have discoloration only in the superficial (outermost) layers of the gum, while others experience pigmentation in deeper layers as well. Depending on the need, Dr. Farnoosh utilizes various methods of treatment like dermabrasion, laser technology, and other proven methods he has researched and tested. After evaluating your oral health, appearance of your gums, and extent of gum discoloration, he will decide which of the treatment methods he offers will benefit you the most. Learn more about cosmetic gum care in Los Angeles from Dr. Farnoosh when you request an appointment with him at his office on Wilshire Boulevard. Also, be sure to view our video library to learn more about aesthetic gum treatment and our other cosmetic dentistry services. Your treatment results may vary depending on the complexity of your case.