Due to periodontal disease and other factors, up to 12% of adults currently suffer for some stage of gum recession. Without treatment, this could lead to major discomfort and the risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist is talking about how we reverse this issue and safeguard your smile’s health and stability.
The Causes of Your Receding Gums
Gum recession means that the tissues around your teeth have started to pull away from them, which in turn makes your teeth appear long and could expose sensitive portions of the roots. This could be caused by periodontal disease, a major oral health issue that impacts half of adults over the age of 30. The exposed roots then become sensitive and ache, and this could leave your smile vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. Over time, this could also increase the risk of tooth loss, as each tooth is now under pressure from not only periodontal disease, which then exposes of sensitive structure to harmful oral bacteria. When you notice this occurring, or if you begin to experience pain in your gums or teeth, then let us know right away.
In the very early stages, we could help with a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this involves removing all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. Removing buildup prevents cavities from forming, and eases discomfort. This also helps reverse gingivitis, or make periodontal disease more manageable with a routine cleaning every three to four months. However, if the issue is more severe, we may need to recommend an oral surgical procedure to protect your smile.
Grafting and Pocket Reduction Surgery
For some, we could take soft tissues from your palate and other portions of your smile and apply them to the gums. This covers the exposed roots, and helps close up periodontal pockets, so we can manage the issue moving forward with preventive care. We could also prescribe a pocket reduction surgery, in which we reduce the depth of periodontal pockets. This helps prevent recession and tooth loss, and allows us to remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissues from your smile. If you have any questions about how we treat your oral health concerns and restore health and beauty to your smile, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Issues?
Our team wants to help you enjoy good gingival health and a strong, secure smile, so you avoid issues like tooth loss. If you want to learn about how we improve the health and strength of your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. A full and healthy smile is possible!