August 26, 2015

Gum Therapy Treatment Options

In our Newburyport, MA dental office, we know preventative dental care is the best way to avoid getting gum disease. However, if your gums are red, swollen, bleeding, or receding, you need to seek gum treatment immediately. We encourage you to call (978) 703-0133 so we can provide you with the gum therapy treatment options you need to preserve and restore your gum tissue.

Deep scaling and root planning. We tend to perform a deep scaling and root planning procedure as the first step in treating gum disease. This is where we remove the plaque and tartar from underneath your gums and smooth out your roots, so the irritant is removed and your gums can return to good health. As a provider of restorative dentistry, we will complete this procedure in a way that ensures your comfort.

Gum recession therapy. At Dentistry of Newburyport, we use gum recession therapy as a way to restore gum tissue that has been ravaged by gum disease. In our 01950 cosmetic dentist office, we understand how critical the gums are to your overall health. Our periodontics treatments help to restore your gum tissue so your teeth can remain intact and secure. Our gum recession treatment will also improve the appearance of your smile since receding gums can make your teeth appear overly large. If you are undergoing a smile makeover, getting dental bonding, dental veneers, cosmetic contouring, or dental crowns, it is important to complete this procedure first because receding gums will have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile and also make your teeth less secure, increasing the likelihood they will eventually become loose and fall out. This is not a worthwhile risk when you are improving the appearance of your smile using cosmetic dentistry.

Gum grafting. When your gums have started to recede, it may be possible to regenerate them through less invasive procedures like gum recession therapy. There are times, however, where this will not be enough, which is where gum grafting comes in. With this procedure, we use tissue from the roof of your mouth or a donor and suture it to your gums so you have sufficient tissue to cover your teeth, and secure it in place. This process, while intensive, is critical for ensuring the long-term health of your teeth. Once your gums have receded to the point of exposing your tooth structure and roots, it is only a matter of time before your teeth suffer from major infections and the need for a root canal treatment or even tooth extraction. The end result of gum disease is often tooth loss and the need to replace teeth with dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. When comparing the expense and time associated with replacing teeth, gum grafting becomes a much more convenient option.

To learn more about your gum therapy treatment options, call (978) 703-0133 and schedule an appointment.

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