Gum Depigmentation in San Francisco, CA

Ever catch yourself nitpicking your smile in the mirror? Maybe your teeth are gleaming, but there is darkness and uneven color along your gum line. This type of discoloration, often referred to as gum hyperpigmentation, is a common but treatable concern. Our cosmetic dentists in San Francisco, CADr. Cornehl and Dr. Ma, are skilled at restoring a balanced, beautiful smile with the power of laser gum depigmentation.

Why Gum Discoloration Happens

A healthy smile boasts a canvas of pink gums framing bright white teeth. However, some of us go on to develop gum pigmentation, which can detract from our smile’s beauty. This discoloration can range from a subtle darkening to pronounced black or brown patches. So, what causes this common concern? 

Laser to the Rescue

Here at Dental Studio SF, we offer laser gum depigmentation, a minimally invasive, advanced technique to combat discoloration. This approach uses a concentrated beam of light to gently remove the pigmented top layer of gum tissue to expose the pink, healthy gums that lie beneath.

What to Expect

Here’s a sneak peek into your journey towards a smile you love:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it painful? 

Most patients experience minimal discomfort, which they describe as similar to a light pinprick or pressure sensation. The numbing medication will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

How long does it take to recover? 

Recovery is typically fast, with most patients experiencing minimal sensitivity for a few days following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication can help manage any lingering discomfort. You can resume your normal diet and activities shortly after the treatment, but it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise or hot beverages for the first 24 hours.

Will the discoloration return? 

Laser depigmentation offers long-lasting results. The laser targets and removes the pigment-producing cells to lower the chance of recurrence. However, maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice daily and flossing once daily, is crucial to prevent future pigmentation. Limiting sun exposure to your gums by using lip balm with SPF protection can further enhance the longevity of your results.

Is laser gum depigmentation safe? 

Yes, when performed by a qualified dentist like Dr. Cornehl or Dr. MA, laser depigmentation is a safe and effective treatment. Lasers offer a high degree of precision and control, minimizing the risk of gum tissue damage.

Enjoy a Brighter Smile with Dental Studio SF

Ready to say goodbye to gum hyperpigmentation and embrace a smile that shines with confidence? Schedule your consultation and let Dr. Cornehl or Dr. MA guide you toward achieving the balanced, beautiful smile you deserve.