Receding gums is a problem that does affect a large portion of the nation. There are a number of reasons that can lead to your gums receding. Not only does it affect the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also lead to unpleasant sensitivity and also tooth decay. Both the latter problems can lead to further problems which can lead to more serious conditions, causing severe discomfort and pain.
When gum disease does advance you will need to be referred to a periodontist. This is a specialist role in a dental practice that treats specific gum disease cases. Our in house periodontist is Dr Clifford Nissen. Depending on the level of your gum disease the treatment will vary from pocket planning to complex sinus lifts. Our periodontist would first see you for an hour long pocket planning appointment to determine the level of the disease. He will then write a detailed treatment plan outlining how we can help treat you for this condition.
Gum disease can be a very serious and nasty condition to have, which can also be costly to treat as well. We always try to educate our patients in dental hygiene to help them fight the problem before they even occur. By attending regular dental appointments and hygiene visits (with a healthy hygiene routine at home) you can actively protect your mouth from nasty conditions occurring. We will always check for signs of gum disease at regular check ups and the earlier problems are noticed, the less expensive and easier it will be to treat them. Normally by the time you start to feel gum irritation and pain, it has progressed past the simple preventative stages and may require additional treatment.
If you are worried you may have gum disease please do not hesitate to contact us and book your free consultation.