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GUM TREATMENT

Gum disease (Gingivitis) often develop slowly without causing any pain and can begin at just about any age, Sometimes you may not have any symptoms until the disease has advanced and spread to the supporting bone (Periodontitis) ,causing loss of bone and eventually loss of tooth.
The term gum disease or periodontal disease describes bacterial growth and production of factors that gradually destroys the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth.

Several warning signs that can signal a gum problem :

Bleeding gums
Bad breath
Red swollen and tender gums
Pus discharge
Loose or separating teeth
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth exposing the root

Therefore, it is very important to have a regular dental check up and periodontal examination done, preferably, once in 3months. A Periodontist is a specialist who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Using the latest techniques and minor periodontal surgical procedures, a Periodontist can solve your gum problems comprehensively.

Recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and more serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and preterm low birth weight babies. Just getting your teeth cleaned cannot solve this problem. You need a specialist to correctly diagnose and treat these problems.

Various procedures used to treat the gums include:

Non surgical Treatment (Scaling, Root planing, Local drug delivery)
Periodontal Surgery (pocket reduction procedure and regenerative procedure, soft tissue grafts.)
LASER: our Periodontist uses a Laser to treat many gum problems thus avoiding a surgery. Laser assisted treatment ensures more comfort, no bleeding and very fast healing for our patients. Sometimes within two days your gums will look completely normal after laser surgery!
Cosmetic Gum Surgery (correction of gummy smile, making dark gums into pink, root coverage procedures to cover the exposed roots/long teeth) helps to create a beautiful smile.

So get your gums examined by a Periodontist before Gum Disease gets you. Remember healthy gums can make your teeth last a lifetime!

                     

1. Types of Gum Surgery Procedures ?
There are two primary procedures for gum surgery, depending on your current smile.

2. "Gummy Smile" (Excessive Gingival Display)
A "Gummy Smile" can occur due to wear of teeth from teeth grinding, a short upper lip, or having a longer than usual upper jawbone. This smile is when your teeth appear too small and your gums appear too large.

3. "Long Tooth Smile" (Gum Recession)
As your gums recede, your teeth appear longer than normal. While "long teeth" may result in an unattractive smile, you should also be concerned with root sensitivity and possible tooth loss. Recent advances in techniques and materials have resulted in significant improvements in comfort, predictability and esthetics.

4. To correct a "Gummy Smile"
Cosmetic gum surgery can be done to reduce the excess gum and bone. The removal of these tissues allows for normal sized teeth and for a normal gum line appearance by using an instrument, usually a laser, to remove the undesirable tissue. Typically your cosmetic dentist will prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to be used twice a day for a two-week period following your surgery.

5. To correct a "Long Tooth Smile"
As your gums recede, your teeth look much "longer" than normal. Such gum recession exposes your sensitive root surface which often makes hot or cold foods and drinks a painful experience. Teeth can become loose as your gum recedes. The cosmetic gum surgery solution is basically when a cosmetic dentist or Periodontist removes tissue from the roof of your mouth and then grafts it onto your gum line. This tissue then reinforces thin gums or fills in areas where your gums have receded. Typically your cosmetic dentist will prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to be used twice a day for a two-week period following your surgery.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Gum Surgery

Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Advantages
Healing is usually quick and your more youthful and beautiful smile is obvious early on. It has been reported that cosmetic gum surgery additionally improves the health of your gums. The procedure to correct receding gums may even reduce your tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods or beverages while protecting your roots from decay and lessening further gum shrinkage.

Disadvantages
Cosmetic gum surgery is of course, surgery. Surgery is often performed in segments under a local anesthetic - unless you're entire mouth is undergoing this procedure at once, then a general anesthesia is typically used.

 
 
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