What are gum treatments?
Gum treatments are a group of outpatient procedures that treat gum disease and other gum-related issues. You might benefit from gum treatments if you have a gummy smile or you’re living with gingivitis or periodontitis.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing or biting
As gum disease progresses, you might also experience receding gums or teeth that appear longer than they used to.
What are the types of gum treatments?
Brooklyn Dental Spa offers several types of gum treatments, including:
If you have excess gum tissue that makes your smile appear “gummy,” your provider might recommend gum reshaping. Gum reshaping involves your Brooklyn Dental Spa provider changing the aesthetic appearance of your gum tissue with specialized tools.
If your gums are receding due to gum disease, Brooklyn Dental Spa might recommend a gum graft. A gum graft is a type of oral surgery that involves your provider removing healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitching it over an area of receding gum tissue. As your mouth heals, the tissues fuse together, transforming your smile and oral health.
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing for gum disease involves your provider removing plaque and tartar from beneath your gums, allowing them to reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing can take one or several appointments, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Pocket reduction surgery
Pocket reduction surgery involves your provider lifting your gum tissue, removing all of the plaque and bacteria underneath, and restitching them around your teeth.
Antibiotic gum disease therapy
Antibiotic therapy uses prescription medication to eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth. A course of antibiotic treatments can prevent the infection from spreading, reducing the risk of more serious complications from gum disease. Brooklyn Dental Spa offers both oral antibiotics and pocket antibiotic therapy.
Is gum treatment beneficial for me?
Your dentist at Brooklyn Dental Spa can determine if you benefit from gum treatment. Following an oral exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your dental health history, your provider can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.
How can I keep my gums healthy?
The easiest way to keep your gums healthy is to practice good oral hygiene. Brooklyn Dental Spa recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist once every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To explore the benefits of gum treatments, make an appointment at Brooklyn Dental Spa. Click the online scheduling tool or call the office today.