Black gums can cause embarrassment

Hyperpigmented gums

This man is around 50 and came to me yesterday for some dental complaint. I noticed the intensely black colour of his gums. However, I say he was blissfully unaware of his black coloured gums. The reason could be that his body complexion also was of the same colour- so those black gums were hardly noticeable.

I have had so many patients and parents that the gums are black. Most of them considered it a disease. The fact is that it is not. It is just the excessive melanin pigmentation deposited in the gums. And Mother Nature has been so great that in most of the cases, howsoever dark the gums might be, these match with the skin complexion of the person and therefore there is hardly any problem.

However, in young people who have a gummy smile —considerable portion of gums show when they smile or laugh – they don’t accept that look. So, they seek some sort of treatment for those black gums. There are a few options which can be performed by a qualified gum specialist (periodontist). In this procedure they remove the outer black layer of the gums –I think they call it gingival ablation. I have not seen any patient who has undergone this problem.

Yeah, some sort of cosmetic gums were also used to be there —these are made of acrylic and can be worn while going out (“Party Gums”). These are quite harmless and can be easily fabricated by a dentist — absolutely painless procedure but the patient needs to take an informed decision while opting for “party gums”. I feel it is okay for people who are in show business, otherwise where there is need to keep on adding to our beauty accessories? –Anyway, that is  too personal a question.

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About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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