NC dentist takes non-invasive approach to receding gum treatment
Healthy gums are pink, smooth, firm, and hold tight against the teeth even with brushing and probing. Your smile may appear more “toothy” due to gum recession. As gums recede, your teeth may look longer than normal. While gum recession is symptomatic of gum disease, Dr. Edmond Suh’s technologies and expertise treat receding gums and potentially avoid progressive damage to the teeth these tissues support.
Gum recession: More than a cosmetic problem
As gums pull away from teeth more tooth structure is exposed. This structure includes the root that securely holds the tooth to its underlying tissues. This process creates pockets between the gum line and the tooth. The bacteria responsible for disease build up in these pockets. Gum disease is also the main cause of gum recession and is a progressive condition starting as inflammation. In addition to gum recession, your gum line may:
- Look swollen
- Feel tender
- Bleed, especially during cleaning
As the disease progresses it can destroy underlying bone and threatening the health of your teeth.
Gum recession: A treatable symptom
Dr. Suh will recommend professional examinations and cleanings at intervals customized to your current needs and medical history. These ongoing appointments allow the dental team to detect early and promptly intervene with potential problems before they become big issues. These proactive measures are particularly critical with gum disease. In its early, reversible form, you may not experience any symptoms. Only dental professionals will be able to detect underlying conditions.
In the past, deep cleaning techniques and treatment options were often invasive and uncomfortable. With modern lasers, the dentist can non-invasively remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Laser technology may be used to reshape high or recessed gums. Treated tissues are sealed and sterilized during the laser contouring procedure.
Generally, these non-invasive approaches:
- Reduced risk of infection
- Minimal inflammation
- Rapid healing
Other non-invasive diagnostic tools and comprehensive approaches contribute to a comfortable experience. For instance, OralDNA® salivary testing guides effective, personalized treatment plans by identifying the type and concentration of specific disease-causing bacteria.
Comfort is of utmost importance. You are more likely to return for follow-up visits and necessary preventive care when treatment is pleasant. Receding gum treatment in NC depends partly on determining the true nature of this concern. Any treatment resulting in smile improvement must be done on healthy tissues. Call 919 556 6200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suh.