Receding Gums? Gentle Dental Care Can Help!
- May 29, 2018
Receding gums is one of those things that can sneak up on a person. Like a lot of sneaky things, receding gums can lead to big problems down the road.
Our gums should remain in place and firmly around our teeth. Our gums serve to support our teeth and protect the areas below the gum line from infection. When gum recession begins, it happens so gradually that it can be quite a while before you become aware of it.
That’s not a good thing. Receding gums can lead to painful and potentially damaging exposure of the roots of your teeth. Not only is that unsightly, it can also lead to bone and tooth loss.
Causes of Receding Gums
There are only a few reasons why gums don’t remain firmly in place around your teeth.
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Poor oral hygiene habits – brushing and flossing too little or not thoroughly enough
- Using chewing tobacco on a regular basis
The causes of gum disease are fairly easy to address in most cases. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and do a more thorough and regular job of keeping your teeth clean. Stop using chewing tobacco. Or receive effective gum disease treatment from Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT.
When You Need a Gum Graft
Gums that have receded far enough to expose the teeth roots need professional help. That’s where the experience and training of Dr. Thomas Peltzer, DMD come into play.
Dr. Peltzer can graft pieces of gum tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to add length to the gums that have receded. Once the tissue heals, no one can tell that the procedure was done – except for the fact that more of the tooth is covered and protected.
While gum grafting might sound painful, it’s not. Dr. Peltzer is a nationally-recognized expert in dental sedation and dental anesthesia. At Gentle Dental Care, he offers several levels of sedation to ensure that your procedure is both painless and comfortable.
You can choose from three kinds of sedation:
- Inhaled sedation or “laughing gas”
- Oral conscious sedation, in the form of safe prescription medication
- IV sedation
Best of all, Dr. Peltzer has a 99.9 percent success rate with gum grafting!
Don’t Live With Problems Caused By Receding Gums
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Your teeth look longer than they used to.
- You’re experiencing sensitivity to heat or cold.
- The roots of one or more teeth are exposed.
- You have constant or recurring bad breath that nothing seems to help
- Your gums are dark red, swollen, or inflamed.
- Your gums bleed very easily.
If your answer is yes, then take action now to protect your teeth and get a great-looking smile again! Call 860-479-2397 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do at Gentle Dental Care, located in Plainville, CT.