You’ve responded to more gum bleeding with more brushing, more flossing, more antiseptic mouthwash and maybe even made the switch to an electric toothbrush. Yet, the bleeding and tenderness of your gums don’t seem to be getting any better. It’s possible that mild gum disease, which many American have, has progressed into periodontitis, severe gum disease.
When gum disease progresses to periodontitis, there isn’t much you can do at home to manage the symptoms. At this point, it’s time to talk with a periodontist, a dentist that specializes in treating the gums.
Take a look at what a periodontist can do to manage your gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The same plaque that hardens on the visible surfaces of teeth and necessitates in-office teeth cleaning for removal can also dip deep below the gum line over time. The plaque creates pockets of space between teeth roots and gums. The pockets are perfect incubators for bacteria, which will only make the issue worse.
Pocket reduction consists of carefully pulling back the gums, scraping the plaque off the teeth roots, smoothing the surfaces of the roots and then putting the gums back in place.
Gum disease often causes the gums to recede and bacteria erode the soft tissue. Some bacteria may inflame the gums, making for less tooth and more gum showing up your smile. With a gingivectomy, your dentist will remove part of the inflamed tissue to give your smile a more natural look and will remove the pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums.
When gum disease erodes your gum line, your teeth may appear to be longer than they were when your smile was at its best. A local periodontist may use any number of techniques to graft new gums into eroded areas.
At a periodontist’s office offering the minimally invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique, your periodontist can pull your receding gums forward, using a pinole, to give a more natural appearance.
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