Don’t let dark gums keep you from smiling! The Ginguval Umiformity Modulation Procedure can help brighten your smile.
Don’t let dark gums keep you from smiling! The Ginguval Umiformity Modulation Procedure, or GUM Procedure, can help brighten your smile with little discomfort and no downtime. So you can have the confidence to smile wherever you go! Let’s find out how it works below.
What causes my gums to be discolored?
Gingival depigmentation techniques in the past have led to people being afraid to try them for fear of any problems that might arise as a result. Changes in color are typically due to pigment changes cause by an infectious process such as fluorosis, bleeding, swelling up of the gingiva, or formation of ulcers or vesicles. Fluorosis is usually cause by the consumption of excess fluoride found in toothpaste and tap water. And unless the fluorosis is reversible. There are few treatment options other than stop using those products containing fluoride and cover it with makeup when appropriate.
Does my treatment cost more than other procedures?
When deciding on a treatment, most patients ask how much it costs and whether or not it is worth the investment. So, how does this procedure compare to other dental treatments? Generally speaking, gum contouring is an inexpensive procedure and often doesn’t require sedation in order to perform it. Usually one session is enough to achieve your desire results. There are many variables that come into play with pricing such as color of the gums and texture, size of the area needing treatment, location of gum tissue involve with discoloration or symmetry, position of tooth in relationship to gum line which effects the accessibility for lightener application. All these factors are unique to each individual and will be taken into consideration before a cost estimate can be provide with 100% accuracy and fairness.
What does this procedure entail?
In order to help patients overcome their fear of the procedure, we use a comfortable dentistry office setting. There is nothing to fear with professional dental care and there is no reason for anyone to hide their smile because of unsightly teeth or discolore gums. Our dentist will have the patience and understanding necessary to go through all of the reasons for why this service will work well for them, but also how long it will take before they see positive results. We want them to feel confident in our knowledge and services so that they don’t run away at the first mention of these types of treatments like some people do when they think about teeth whitening – even though a different technique was use in that case and has nothing to do with our process.
How long will the results last?
Gingival depigmentation techniques such as the UMP consist of treatments, which will maintain the whiteness of teeth. These treatments are typically done every two to three months, depending on how fast one’s gum tissues regenerate. Generally speaking, the procedure will maintain its effectiveness for a period of three years or longer, with some patients maintaining success up to ten years after treatment completion!
Is there anything I should avoid after my treatment?
You may have a dull, gritty feeling in your mouth after treatment and experience temporary dryness, mild sensitivity to hot or cold, or a change in taste of foods. These side effects will last for two to three weeks, but could continue for up to six months after the procedure is complete depending on what tooth surface has been lighten with the treatment. If any burning sensation persists beyond 48 hours please contact our office as soon as possible for an evaluation. One thing that we urge our patients not to do is smoke immediately following the Gingival Depigmentation procedure. Because tobacco use and smoking products are known to cause discoloration around teeth.
How soon will I see results?
Depigmentation is a long-term process, which typically takes about four to six months for noticeable results. As with any medical procedure, the degree of success varies depending on the individual. We recommend staying in contact with our office and periodically coming in for checkups to monitor progress.
What areas do people typically treat with this technique?
A wide variety of cosmetic dentistry techniques are available to increase the natural appearance of your smile. Gingival umiformity modulation is one such technique that helps disguise dark and/or splotchy gum tissue with a professional process that is not only effective, but also quick and simple for patients. In just two visits – once to prepare the area for treatment and again to apply a mild bleach solution -patients can enjoy whiter, brighter smiles with little discomfort or pain.* For more information about how this procedure may work for you, please feel free to contact us today.
Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their gum tissues may be a good candidate for this procedure. This includes patients with hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the gum), teeth whitening, teeth restoration procedures, orthodontic care, pregnancy changes in gum coloration and even smokers whose chewing tobacco use leaves them with brown-yellow stains on their tongue and lips. Gum redness can also cause some people to feel embarrass about their mouth health and this procedure offers a solution for some of these concerns. But is it for you?
Can I apply makeup or bleach my teeth after my treatment?
Gingival depigmentation treatments should be done with procedures like dental cleaning, restorative treatments. You may want to get a routine cleaning after about six months. Post-treatment to remove plaque and tartar that could build up over time and affect tooth coloration again. If you need dental treatment within six months of completing a GDCMT procedure, Dr. Snyder will apply a protective coating over your gums to protect them. Wile they are sensitive and cannot be expose to bleaching or brushing right away.
Why do some people have black gums?
If your gums are black, it meansdifferent things: genetics, smoking or tobacco use, poor oral hygiene medications. Black gums might be an indicator of gum disease. Or possibly allergic reactions to food coloring in toothpaste and other dental products. All these reasons affect gum health and need attention; if not address they could lead to tooth loss, mouth infections, bad breath and loss of self-confidence. Fortunately the dentist has treatments that can help prevent this. By removing the source of these issues so that their effects on the person’s teeth are eliminate all together.