Receding Gum Treatment
Receding gums happen when the gums withdraw from the teeth. The issues caused by receding gums can lead to tooth loss since the tooth is left exposed without the added protection of the gum. Open pockets are formed allowing food and bacteria to become lodged, threatening infection. While receding gums is an issue many people face, it should not be ignored and the proper general dental treatment should be scheduled as quickly as possible.
There are many different factors that can result in your gums receding.
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Periodontal diseases
- Insufficient dental care
- Teeth grinding
- Tobacco use
Your dentist can treat mild cases of gum recession during an appointment specifically targeting areas of concern. A deep cleaning of the affected area helps remove the buildup of plaque and tartar under the gum line. The exposed section of the tooth is smoothed, making it difficult for bacteria to adhere. Occasionally, antibiotics may be prescribed to help treat any remaining bacteria.
If a deep cleaning is not able to resolve the issues caused by the gums receding, surgery may be an option. Sometimes there is a severe loss of bone or the infected pockets become exceptionally deep, in these instances surgery can help repair the damage. At Arbor Dental, we will explore every option for your particular case to ensure you receive the best treatment plan possible.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
In cases where your gums are bleeding or swollen, relief can be found using over-the-counter pain relievers. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help reduce swelling, while a gauze pad soaked in ice water applied to the affected area can help with the bleeding. The best relief can be found by consulting your dentist. Maintaining regular, routine cleanings can help rid the teeth of plaque and tartar buildup, preventing gum recession or bleeding and swollen gums.
Contact Arbor Dental today with any questions or concerns and to get started on your treatment plan.