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Black spots inside gums. What is it called?

small black spots inside my gums but is not pueter ??? i was diagnosed with something other than that other one. one that is not cancerous. i am 72rs old. i was then told that alot of people frome India also have this inside their mouths. my father also had this. i just cannot remember what it was called.
Asked On : Mon, 8 Oct 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.

Based on your question it could be a few things:
-Physiological pigmentation
-Amalgam tattooing from old fillings
-smoking-associated melanosis
-oral melanotic macules
-heavy-metal pigmentation (lead, bismuth, arsenic, mercury)
-minocycline pigmentation

These are the main ones I can think of. Google photos of these lesions to see if they look similar. To be honest, I can't give you a proper diagnosis which out evalution and possible biopsy.

Hope this helped.

Dr. Ward
Answered: Tue, 9 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bhanu Gothi's  Response
hello sir,
thakyou for your query
according to the history you gave seems a case of hyper pigmentation and is commonly found in Indians.
there are many other causes-
Hardened Plaque
smoking-associated melanosis
-oral melanotic macules amalgam Tattoos
no need to worry these are normal phenomenon
take care
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

Photo Credit smile image by Ivanna Buldakova from The cause behind dark spots on your gums can be harmless or deadly, depending on its nature
black spots can be due to:-
amalgam tattoo's
malignant melanoma
hyper pigmentation

Take care and please send me picture of that black spot for proper diagnosis at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
thanks for writing in.
black spots can be due to many reasons.
melanin pigmentation.
2.lesions of smoker's nicotini.
3.lesions of erytholeukoplakia/oral submucous fibrosis due to smoking/pan/tobacco chewing.
visit your dentist to get the check diagnosis can be made only by seeing biopsy report.
palliative care is the first line of treatment.discontinue the oral habits if you have any.
corticosteroids are the drug of choice in case of osmf.
vitamin-becosules can be given along with cap.revup.
surgical management can be done in later stages like excisional biopsy.
Answered: Wed, 10 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
there are various causes:-
Hardened Plaque
Amalgam Tattoos
There are a couple of reasons why your gums would turn black. All of which require a doctor or a dentist for care. The most likely reason is poor oral hygiene resulting in the death of tissue.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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