Are Your Gums Turning Black or Dark Purple? Here’s the Treatment for That

Have you looked in the mirror recently and noticed a darkened area near your gum line? Do you notice that it’s getting worse over time or staying the same dark purple color?

You are not alone.

If your gums are turning dark purple or black, or if you were born with dark gums (but you wish they were a light pink color), we can help you.

At Dental Expressions by Dr. Bram, we offer dark gum treatment to turn your black/dark purple gums into a light pink color…without surgery or any invasive procedure. Keep reading to learn more about the procedure itself. But first we’ll start by talking about why gums turn black or dark purple.

Why do gums turn black or dark purple?

There is a genetic component to dark gum pigmentation that is fairly common. Physiological gingival pigmentation (also referred to as racial gingival pigmentation) is the terminology used to describe this genetic component when people are born with dark gums.

Dark gums occur because of the black pigment called melanin. If gums become darkened during childhood (with sun exposure), they typically stay that way into adulthood.
Certain diseases also produce an increase in melanin pigmentation (which causes darkened gums). Such diseases include: von recklinghausen’s disease, peutz-jeghers syndrome, and Addison’s disease.

In addition to certain diseases and genetics as main culprits of black or dark purple gums, the following things can cause darkened gums:

  • smoking tobacco
  • certain medications
  • metallic fillings
  • poor oral hygiene


Well now that you understand what may have produced dark gums in your smile, how can you fix it? How can you turn your dark gums into a pink color again?

That’s what we’ll talk about next…

How can gums become the natural pink color again? Is it possible to get rid of the dark pigmentation?

Dr. Gary Bram offers dark gum treatment to lighten your dark gums. So whether your gums have a dark brown, purple, red, or black tint to them, melanin depigmentation can help. This service is also referred to as gum bleaching and it is an effective way for patients to achieve a beautiful smile they love.

Gum depigmentation is one of the few methods used in dentistry to lighten dark gums. This method brings back the healthy, pink color of gum tissue.

To see before and after photos of current patients who received our dark gum treatment, visit our Smile Gallery.

You can also visit our webpage dedicated solely to the dark gum treatment service…just click on the following page:

What can you expect from laser gum treatment?

Dr. Bram uses the Erbium: YAG Laser (set at predetermined power levels) to gently alter melanin pigmentation. The laser gives patients an excellent, non-invasive alternative to standard gum grafting procedures.

The Erbium laser treatment typically requires patients to receive minimum anesthesia. It is a relatively pain-free procedure that produces beautiful results. Our patients love this laser gum treatment option.

Treat darkened gums with dark gum pigmentation laser treatment in Bayside, NY

Patients trust Dr. Bram’s experience and expertise with the dark gum treatment. As a renowned cosmetic dentist in Bayside, Dr. Bram is one of the few dentists who has the necessary knowledge and experience to administer the laser melanin depigmentation treatment.

To get started, call our office at 718-260-6175 to schedule your consultation appointment. Just let us know that you’re interested in dark gum treatment and we’ll schedule the appointment when it’s convenient for you.

In the meantime, before your consultation appointment, we invite you to listen to Lisa’s story. Lisa received dark gum pigmentation treatment by Dr. Bram and is extremely happy with the outcome.

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