Gum Recession Treatments In Florida
- September 15, 2016
Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Aventura Dental Center blog!
Dr. Bistritz and the rest of our team are here to help keep your mouth clean and your smile looking its best through every season of life. To that end, we offer a comprehensive range of dental solutions.
Even though your teeth tend to be the big stars of the dental world, your gums should also be well attended to if you hope to remain a healthy and happy individual.
Because gums are so important, today, we want to look at gum recession, most notably the type related to gum disease and also explore what you can do to prevent and/or treat this common problem.
Keep reading to learn more, and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next appointment in our Aventura, FL dentist’s office!
Gum Disease: An All-Too Common Problem
This is not an isolated problem. Gum disease actually touches most families at some point in life.
How do you know it is present?
The symptoms of gum disease can vary according to the stage you are in. This condition can result in swelling and bleeding at first and quickly get worse.
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, a bacterial infection of the gums. With an aggressive approach and strict at-home care on your part, we’re often able to reverse the effects of gingivitis. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that it often goes unnoticed until it is too late for conservative treatments.
The most serious form of gum disease is called periodontitis. At this stage, patients often experience intense pain and will have developed infected pockets around the gumline.
It will almost certainly spread and lead to bone loss and even total tooth loss as the gum line recedes. As it happens, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
But that is not the worst of it. Gum disease rarely stops at destroying your smile. It has also been correlated with respiratory disease, heart disease, and even some types of cancer.
Treating Gum Recession
The damage is not reversible in every case, but with proper home care and regular visits, we can keep your mouth healthy and prevent future tooth loss.
The exact procedure for treating gum recession depends on how much the gums have receded. If it’s a mild case, sometimes just removing the built-up plaque and tartar with scaling and root planing can help the gums return to where they belong. If your gums are infected, managing the periodontal disease will be key.
If the case is worse than anticipated, Dr. Bistritz can use gum grafts to protect the exposed teeth. This is when a small amount of tissue from your mouth or another source is removed and grafted onto your gums. Once healed, the grafted tissue becomes a normal part of your gums and solves the problem of receding gums.
We’ve Got You Covered!
Whether your gums are receding due to periodontal disease, neglect, or just in response to changes in your body, we can offer gum recession treatment to help your gums and teeth look more natural.
To schedule your next appointment for gum recession treatment, or if you have any questions about the procedure, call us at 786-681-1127 or contact our Aventura, FL dentist’s office online!
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