Inflammation around your gums may indicate you have gum recession and need to see a periodontist. Gum recession should always be treated to avoid further complications such as tooth loss. Receding gums are caused by periodontal disease, and this is when the tissue wears away and leaves more of your teeth exposed. Visiting our office regularly and practicing good oral hygiene habits at home can help to stay on top of gum issues and prevent them from getting worse.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain or tenderness in or around your gums or mouth

What Can Cause Gum Recession?

Gum recession can be caused by many things. The most common cause of gum recession is periodontal disease. Other common causes can include poor oral hygiene, age, medical conditions, injury, and tobacco use.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

 Attending your regular dental exams is important, and part of these visits include monitoring and checking your gum tissue. Our team will take a good look at your gums and devise a treatment plan. Depending on how severe the gums are will determine the course of treatment.

If your gums look infected, we offer scaling and root planing which is a deep cleaning treatment to help with periodontal pockets. This treatment removes and cleans the plaque on the tooth and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing helps to shrink periodontal pockets, remove bacteria, and heal the gum tissue. This treatment also prevents further infection and keeps your gums looking and feeling great. After this treatment gums should recede less and be restored.

At home oral hygiene is very important to keeping your gums healthy. We will talk to you about the tooth brush you are using and discuss your oral hygiene habits. We may recommend a daily rinse to help rinse away plaque.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about treatments for receding gums, we encourage you to schedule a consultation in our office. This will give our team the opportunity to evaluate your gums and discuss any questions or concerns. Our team is here to help get you on the road to healthier gums!

To schedule your appointment please contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is used for periodontal treatment when a patient has inflammation in the mouth or gums. Laser treatment is an effective way to battle gum disease and provides exceptional results. Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in patients, and if left untreated it can lead to receding gums or tooth loss.

Laser periodontal treatment removes the bacteria and tissue that is inflamed and infected. This procedure is gentle and leaves your gums intact. Laser treatment is minimally invasive, and is extremely successful in restoring the gums. This treatment helps to promote gum reattachment and promotes bone growth. In some cases, laser therapy has reversed gum disease.

Laser treatment is quick with a minimal recovery. The laser minimizes any bleeding, and helps to clot exposed blood vessels. This laser actually helps to make the treated area stronger, and healing time is faster.

How Does Laser Treatment Work?

During this treatment a laser is used to target the infected areas and remove any infected tissue and bacteria. The laser is extremely precise and does not compromise or reduce gum tissue. Once the infected are is removed, root scaling is done to scrape off any plaque that has built up around the gum line or roots of the teeth. We then smooth any rough areas that are prone to catching bacteria to prevent further infection.

Common Signs That Indicate You May Need Periodontal Laser Treatment

  • Tender, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus surround gums or teeth
  • Gums that seem to be receding or moving away from the tooth

How Can I Schedule an Appointment?

Scheduling an appointment is your first step towards healthier gums. Our team will evaluate your mouth and teeth, and determine the proper treatment needed. Leaving swollen or infected gums untreated can cause serious issues. We encourage patients that are concerned with their gum health to schedule a visit in our office. We care about our patients and always provide the highest level of care.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.