Laser gum depigmentation (turning dark gum into pink) often the gums appear dark and blackish even though the person is fair in completion this happens because of building up of pigments under the gum (melanin). These pigments develop due to one or many of the reasons 'mouth breathing, smoking, regular intake of excessive hard food, genetics'.
Lot of methods have been used to treat this problem. To begin with oldest methods have been first is partial thickness flap where a thin layer of gums is taken off with the help of scalpel under local anaesthesia. Another method has been use of abrasive burs to scrape the top layer of gums again under local anaesthesia. Both of these methods turn out to be bit painful later during healing, hence they are not very popular. Recently another method has been tried in form of Cryo surgery where super cooled nitrous oxide is blown on gums giving cold burns which heal slowly giving the peal of dead skin. Though it is less painful but needs combustion equipments to use nitrous oxide and hence not practical. The latest method is by erbium laser where the procedure is fast, minimal painful and is predictable. The laser works in precise manner and is not damaging to any surrounding tissue. In Meera Dental Hospital, we are doing this with Erbium Laser.