Receding Gums - What To Do

Friday, March 22nd, 2013, 9:38 pm

You have been diagnosed with receding gums – now what do you do? Since most cases of receding gums are caused by gum disease treatment usually begins by treating the disease.Prevention is key to avoiding receding gums according to Wilbanks Smile Center.

Treatment for mild gum recession may include deep cleaning the affected area. This treatment is called tooth scaling and root planing and removed the plaque and tartar that has built up on the teeth and root surfaces below the gum line. Antibiotics may also be used to destroy any remaining harmful bacteria.

If the gum recession is extensive and there is bone loss or large pockets then gum surgery can be used to resolve the problem. Oral surgery today is much more comfortable for the patient than it was in past years. We have the ability to reduce the size of periodontal pockets, regenerate lost bone and can graft gum tissue to return your smile to optimal health.

Preventing gum recession is the ultimate goal for all of our patients. The best way to accomplish this is to take good care of your smile. Brush and floss every day and visit your dentist for cleanings at least twice each year. Depending upon the health of your gums and other health issues (diabetes) you may need to visit more often to maintain optimal health.

If a misaligned bite or teeth grinding is contributing to your gum recession you can resolve these problems. Dental braces are no longer just for children and many cases can be completed using clear aligners so that no one knows you are wearing braces. Bruxism, or grinding, may be caused by a number of different things but we can create a dental appliance that will protect your teeth, jaws and gums from damage.

Please contact Toccoa, GA general dentist Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment.

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