We Offer Help For Gum Disease-Related Gum Recession
- March 21, 2017
Our Aventura, FL dentist’s office is always looking for any emerging causes for concern in your mouth, such as gum recession. There are a number of reasons your gums can start to recede. But we have found that gum disease is one of the most common causes. Here’s why: when all that dangerous oral bacteria gets below the gumline, and unleashes gum disease, it can cause the gums to pull away more and more from your teeth. That won’t be good. But don’t worry, we can help turn things around with gum recession treatment. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bistritz.
The Telltale Signs Are There
As you can imagine, the symptoms of gum disease will vary according to the stage you are in. Typically this condition results in swelling and bleeding at first and quickly gets worse from there. Sometimes, however, there are no signs that gum disease is there, at least nothing that can be seen by an untrained eye. That’s part of why regular six month dental cleanings and exams are so important.
In the beginning, 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. Unfortunately, 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.
Left untreated, it will eventually spread and lead to bone loss and even total tooth loss as the gum line recedes. Gum disease is actually the #1 cause of tooth loss in American adults.
But that is not where it ends. Gum disease seldom stops at destroying your smile. It has also been linked to respiratory disease, heart disease, and even some types of cancer. Obviously, it is nothing to take lightly!
Gum Recession Therapy
The precise 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.
Take Back Your Smile Today!
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. The worst thing you can do with gum recession is ignore it, so don’t do that!
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