Gum Whitening & Gum Depigmentation Treatment in Dubai
Periodontology is the field of dentistry, which involves the treatment of diseases of the tissues surrounding the teeth.
The most common contributing factors in periodontology are the inflammation of gums (gingivitis) and inflammation of the area surrounding the root of the tooth (periodontitis). Furthermore, periodontal diseases have long been a reason for tooth loss if left untreated, and can also cause the gums to become darker in color.
Periodontists are specialist dentists who are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal diseases. The lack of knowledge and the painless progression of the disease are the common factors, which leave patients unaware.
Visiting the dentists regularly can help patients detect the early warning signs and therefore avoid severe periodontal diseases. Early symptoms for periodontal diseases include bleeding, swelling of gums, receding gum lines, appearance of pus between teeth and gums, change in bite and bad breath. Tooth loss may be a potential symptom of an underlying periodontal disease or any other oral condition.
Therefore, depending on the state of the periodontal disease and degree of severity, there are number of treatment options available both invasive and non-invasive. Non-surgical treatments are applicable to patients with mild progression and as an initial step to preventing or treating the periodontal disease. Some of the most common treatments include scaling and root planning, tissue regeneration and flap surgery.
Daily brushing, flossing and scheduling regular hygiene and dental visits twice a year are great lifestyle habits that to reduce or diagnose and treat periodontal diseases.
Gum disease is an oral health condition wherein the gum line is inflamed or infected, and if untreated for a prolonged period, can affect the bone surrounding and supporting the teeth.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
The common telling signs of gum disease include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are extra sensitive or bleed during brushing
- Swollen (inflamed) gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot and cold food or liquids
- Receding gums or gum line
- Dental abscesses (pus inside the tooth/teeth)
How is gum treatment performed?
Controlling and containing the infection are the prime objectives of a treatment. Depending on the severity of the case, treatment types and frequency may vary. However, regardless of the complexity of the infection, a patient is required to perform proper daily care at home on a regular basis. It may also require the patient to make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, to aid the treatment.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
This method involves the removal of plaque with the use of a deep-cleaning treatment named scaling and root planning. Scaling involves scraping off the tartar that has accumulated on the surface from above and below the gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, smooths the rough spots on the tooth root, which can serve as a potential breeding ground of germs. This helps in the elimination of the bacteria that help spread the disease. Based on the discretion of the specialist, laser treatment may also be used to eliminate plaque and tartar. With this innovative procedure, the patient can experience less swelling and bleeding, as well as minimized discomfort compared with traditional treatment methods.
A period of observation is set following the treatment to determine if inflammation and deep pockets remain after. Based on the findings of the specialist, flap surgery may be performed to eliminate the tartar deposits in the deep pockets or reduce the periodontal pocket for easier cleaning. This is performed by lifting the gums and scraping the tartar underneath. Afterwards, the gums are sutured together to accelerate the healing process and make for a tighter fit around the tooth.
Bone And Tissue Grafts
Another treatment that may be suggested by our periodontist is a bone and tissue graft. This procedure is performed to introduce the regeneration of bone or gum tissue that has been lost to periodontitis. Bone grafting involves the placement of natural or synthetic bone in the area that has suffered bone loss to encourage bone growth. In conjunction with this, tissue grafting can also be performed to introduce tissue regeneration to the target area. This is performed with a small mesh-like material placed between bone and gum tissue to maintain a controlled growth for both. In some cases, growth factors are also used to accelerate the regrowth process. If necessary, soft tissue graft is also performed using synthetic material or natural tissue acquired from the same cavity to cover any exposed tooth roots.
As is the case in every treatment, the quality of results will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of the disease, the home oral care habits of the patient, and other risk factors such as smoking.
Dental Lasers And Treatment Of Periodontal Disease
Laser technology can now be used to target and treat a variety of gum diseases. With laser treatment, dentists can restore the natural teeth of patients and their gums to optimum health without the need for incisions, stitches, or the discomfort associated with traditional gum surgery.
Dental lasers harness the energy of different light wavelengths to act as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with
Types of Soft Tissue (Gum) Dental Laser Procedures
Pocket Reduction – Gum Disease Treatment: Laser-assisted gum surgery can stimulate and accelerate healing of infected/diseased gum pockets by minimizing or totally removing pocket depth. The treatment also assists in restoring the health of periodontal structures that surround teeth, and significantly reduce the presence of bacteria. Certain types of dental laser technology can allow regeneration or “new attachment” of bones, ligaments, and gum connective tissue.
Crown Lengthening: Laser dentistry treatment is also used to reshape gum tissues (soft tissue later) and the bone (hard tissue laser) to uncover strong and healthy tooth structures (crown lengthening) and enable restorative procedures such as application of dental crowns and fillings.
Esthetic Gum Contouring: Dental lasers can reshape or reduce gum tissue to expose additional tooth structure, in order to enhance the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
Frenectomy: Laser frenectomy is ideal for children who have extremely low connection of the fold of skin (frenum) between two front teeth. The frenum may prevent proper closure of the gap during orthodontic treatment. Laser frenectomy can also help in resolving speech difficulties, or any challenge in brushing teeth due to a low frenum.
Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers can be used to remove soft tissue as painlessly as possible.
Advantages Of Laser Dentistry Include
- In some cases, dental laser treatment for soft tissues leaves no wounds that require sutures.
- Laser dentistry reduces bleeding because the light beam’s energy promotes the clotting process (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood loss.
- It can prevent bacterial infections because its high-energy beam sterilizes the target area.
- Because of its high precision, laser dentistry reduces potential damage to surrounding tissues.
- Wounds heal more quickly and periodontal tissues can be regenerated.
Gum Depigmentation / Whitening With Laser
Gingival or gum depigmentation is a type of cosmetic dental procedure performed to eliminate the presence of dark spots on the gums. Normal healthy gums generally have a pale pink color. However, an abnormally high level of melanin can cause dark spots or patches to appear on gum tissues, leading to gum discoloration. Having discolored gums can affect the appearance of one’s smile and, as a result, lower their confidence and self-esteem.
With laser dentistry technology and innovative dental equipment such as the diode laser, dentists can shape the gums of their patients and perfectly accentuate their smiles, through a simple, quick, and virtually painless procedure.
Gingivectomy is a procedure done to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissues in order to eliminate pockets between teeth and gums. A gum specialist (periodontist) or oral surgeon often performs the procedure.
Gum grafting is performed to provide tissue cover to roots or introduce gum tissue development to a particular area suffering from gingival recession. During a gum graft procedure, your periodontist obtains gum tissue sample from your palate or from another donor source to cover the exposed root.
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive technique for treating gum recession. As its name suggests, it does not involve incisions and sutures, in contrast with traditional grafting procedures for gums. This results in virtually zero downtime and recovery period.
This treatment is performed by introducing a small hole in the existing gum tissue with the use of an incredibly fine needle. Through this miniscule hole, special instruments are used to loosen the gum tissue, allowing it to expand and cover exposed root structures.
With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, incisions, grafts and sutures are not needed as it only includes adjustment of the existing tissue.
It requires no incisions or sutures. Unlike tissue grafting, the treatment does not introduce incisions, which means sutures are not required. In lieu of sutures, specially designed collagen strips are used to hold the tissue in place.
The procedure is fast and virtually painless. This treatment can typically be performed in less than one hour, depending on the number of teeth being treated. Because it only needs a short time to be completed, patients can expect minimal discomfort or pain.
Relatively short recovery period with instant results. Patients usually have very little downtime, experience minimal swelling, and are often able to return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. This treatment provides immediately noticeable cosmetic results.
Additional Treatments: Gum Whitening in Dubai
In addition to treating periodontal diseases, our clinic also offers world-class gum whitening in Dubai for patients who suffer from dark gums. This condition is caused by hyperpigmentation, which is the concentration of melanin on a particular area. This can often be attributed to genetics, but studies are also linking poor dental habits and smoking to this condition.
At Dubai Sky Clinic, we can help you lighten the color of your gums with advanced dental laser technology. Our minimally invasive whitening procedure removes dark pigmentation on the gums, thus effectively alleviating gum discoloration. Our clinic does not use needles or involve incisions, which translates to a painless treatment and short recovery period.