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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
What causes your gums to turn black and is there any way you can repair your gums to the correct color.
There may be several different reasons for color changes on gums.
1- Can be physiological. If you are African-American, you generally have more pigmentation on your gums, and it will appear dark.
2- It can be a contamination from an amalgam restoration etc (mercury from amalgam diffuses into soft tissue).
3- It may be also a sign of a pathological changes at the cell level, and cells involved in pigmentation (melanocytes) may be involved.
You need to visit a dentist to differentiate the possible changes causing color changes. If it is not a pathological change, we generally graft the area with the soft tissue obtained from roof of the mouth. This may help to eliminate darker color.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University