Gum Bleaching

Gum Bleaching, Gum Lightening, Gum Whitening, Gum Depigmentation, or Dark Gum Treatment

Gum bleaching is currently available at Chrysalis Dental Centres in Toronto by our Harvard trained Periodontist, Dr. Philip (Phil) Walton.

Some patients find their darker gums to be unattractive and are looking for options to lighten their gums.  This procedure for bleaching or lightening the gums is called different names including: dark gum treatment, gum bleaching, gum lightening, gum whitening, and gum depigmentation.  The term gum bleaching better describes the result of the procedure rather than the method used.  We do not apply bleach to the gums.  Instead, we use a minor surgical process to remove discolouration from the gums.

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Before Gum Bleaching / Gum Depigmentation

What causes dark gums?
Dark gums can be caused by a clinical term called “hyperpigmentation”.  This is a darkening of an area of tissue caused by “melanin”.  Often, dark gums are related to genetics.  People with darker skin tones are more likely to have hyperpigmentation.  While people of all races and ethnicities can have dark gums, they are more often found in people of Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, or African heritage.

Who is a Candidate for Gum Depigmentation or Gum Bleaching Toronto?
Patients who are interested in this procedure should already have healthy gums and practice good oral hygiene. If your gums are swollen or inflamed due to gum disease your dentist will have to address these issues before the dark gum treatment can begin.

How Long Does the Gum Depigmentation (Gum Bleaching) Treatment Take?
The dark gums treatment can be completed in one office visit
and a patient with dark gums can be treated in as little as
30 minutes.

How Long Do the Effects of the Gum Depigmentation or Gum Bleaching Treatment Last?
One gum depigmentation treatment can last for twenty years.

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After Gum Bleaching / Gum Depigmentation

Does it Hurt?
The gum bleaching Toronto procedure is fairly painless.  It is typically performed with local anaesthetic like a common dental filling.  If you are anxious about the treatment, we offer sedation.

What Is the Healing Process Like?
Patients may experience mild soreness/discomfort in the first couple of days. Typically you can return to work the same day and have little to no impact on daily routine/function.

What is the cost of a gum depigmentation procedure?
The cost of the gum bleaching treatment can vary depending on the degree, depth and location/extent of the discoloration.  In can start as low as $700.  It is best to book a free consultation with our Periodontist.

Is Gum Bleaching covered by Dental Insurance?
In spite of being a cosmetic procedure, gum depigmentation or dark gum treatment is almost always covered by basic insurance plans.

Gum Depigmentation or Gum Bleaching Treatment in Toronto
Let Dr. Phil Walton, our Periodontist, determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.  Contact us at Chrysalis Dental Centres for a free, no obligation consultation to determine you are a candidate for this procedure.
Call 416-800-0927

The Gum Depigmentation procedure offered by Dr. Philip (Phil) Walton is referred to by several different names including: Gum Bleaching, Gum Lightening, Gum Whitening. and Dark Gum Treatment.