When gum recession occurs, pockets, or gaps, develop between the teeth and gum line, making it easier for more bacteria to accumulate and build up.
Gum Disease and Recession
Gum recession is the reduction in the amount of gum tissue that protects the roots. It will begin to wear away, or pull back, exposing more of the tooth, and the root. When gum recession occurs, pockets, or gaps, develop between the teeth and gum line, making it easier for more bacteria to accumulate and build up. The bacteria will immediately result in gum disease. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures will be severely damaged and will lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal therapy are the surgical and non-surgical treatments that address gum disease and recession, which usually begin with an infection or inflammation of the gums and results in jawbone deterioration.
The entire team at Missouri River Dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other. The foundation of that philosophy is our personable and professional staff. We collectively strive to blend technology, art, and healthcare for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with an individualized patient experience unlike any other you have had at a dental office. We strive to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere for our patients while still meeting their dental needs, wishes, and exceeding expectations. Call us today at 701-751-7177 or enter your request online to schedule an appointment for an evaluation regarding gum disease and recession for you. You can conveniently find Missouri River Dental at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive disease that will gradually increase in severity. You most often develop periodontal disease in the following order:
- Gingivitis: The first stage of periodontitis, gingivitis will develop from bacterial plaque that builds up along the gumline. Gingivitis can become visible with sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and can bleed easily. Gingivitis can be both stopped and reversed with a proper deep cleaning at Missouri River Dental and improved oral health care. If not addressed quickly, it will develop into a more severe form of gum disease.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis is a continuation of the build-up of bacterial plaque and progresses when the gingivitis is left untreated. Early periodontitis has the same symptoms of gingivitis, just now becoming more severe. The gums will feel painful, and the sensitivity has escalated, and brushing and flossing causes excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can be treated with a deep cleaning and your improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will require more intensive interventions.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and toxins have been left unattended to the point that gum tissue is being destroyed, you have developed the third stage, advanced periodontitis. If you have gotten to this point you have gum recession and small pockets have developed between your gums and teeth, which just accelerates bacterial growth. These pockets will continue to expand which the causes the gums to recede. If left untreated long enough, this level of recession will result in permanent bone loss.
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Periodontal Therapy Options
There are surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy options that can reverse the impact of gum disease.
When your gums pull back from your teeth, that tissue is gone. There are different options for treating gum recession. Missouri River Dental will evaluate your oral health condition to determine the cause of your gum recession. After a complete assessment, we can then recommend the best course of treatment for you.
We can treat early gum disease by conducting a deep cleaning, also called root planing and scaling. This process removes the bacteria and plaque from the teeth below the gumline, the pockets between the gums and teeth, removing the source of the infection and giving your gums a chance to heal.
If there is a noticeable recession, or you have developed some root sensitivity, or you are just not happy with the visible appearance of your teeth and gums, Missouri River Dental may recommend a gum grafting procedure to replace the lost tissue. Gum grafting is a simple surgical treatment that involves moving a small amount of tissue from one area, like the roof of your mouth, to the gum area in need.
Here are common periodontal therapy procedures options:
- Scaling and Root Planing: A deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar that have developed below the gum line. Scaling refers to the removal of damaging bacterial plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth, where root planing is the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent additional bacteria from forming and to accelerate the healing process of the gums.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment: Easily removes diseased gum tissue with lasers. You might consider this option because the laser treatment causes less gum shrinkage, less discomfort, and heals quickly.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A recontouring or reshaping procedure that is done to improve the visual appearance of your gum tissue.
- Dental Implants: The dental implant procedure begins with the extraction of a decayed or damaged tooth, followed by an x-ray to determine if there is enough jawbone density to properly support a dental implant. If there is insufficient jawbone mass, a dental bone graft might be necessary. If it is determined that you are a candidate, a titanium post will be surgically placed into your jawbone to function as an artificial root. After this has healed, the replacement tooth or bridge will be placed on this post.
Changing the Dental Experience Norm
One Patient at a Time
Missouri River Dental provides you with a clean, comfortable, and modern feel. Our team goal is to provide you with the best possible care utilizing the most current dental technologies and services. The entire team at Missouri River Dental focuses on providing comprehensive, quality oral health care that is always centered on you, our patient. We appreciate the value of your time. That is why we are flexible with our hours of operation; open early, open late, and open Saturdays. Call us now at 701-751-7177 or make your appointment online for your personal evaluation and consultation regarding possible gum disease and recession for you. Our office is located at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.