Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

The Best Treatments For Receding Gums

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If you notice that you have receding gums, you should get your gums treated as soon as possible. The problem can be corrected through a medical treatment, but only if it is caught in time. If the receding gums are caught early enough, the treatment for curing receding gums will be less expensive and invasive.

Removing Plaque and Tartar Through Planing

The earliest intervention for receding gums is to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and below the gum line. However, if you do not have your receding gums treated promptly, there might already be too much damage done and it will instead be necessary to use more advanced treatments.

Pocket Depth Reduction Surgery

Pocket depth reduction is a common surgery used to correct receding gums. First, your dentist will fold back your gum tissue. Then, he or she will remove the bacteria that will have accumulated underneath the gum fold. It may also be necessary to smooth the surface of your teeth so that there are fewer areas where bacteria can hide. This will create the conditions that allow for your gums to grow back.

Soft Tissue Grafts

A soft tissue graft can be used to rebuild your gums. The most common approach is to cut a flap of tissue from the top of your mouth. This tissue is then stitched to the gum tissue that surrounds the exposed tooth root. After the graft has been put in place, the gum flap is stitched back down. An alternative to creating a flap is to connect tissue that has been removed from the roof of the mouth directly to the gums.

Bone Grafts

It may be necessary to perform a bone graft to restore the lost bone and tissue resulting from your receding gums. If you lose too much of your tooth and gum material, the bone material that supports your teeth can slowly deteriorate. Therefore, by removing bone from another area of the body and adding it to an area that is experiencing severe bone deterioration, your dentist will be able to restore enough of your jawbone to support your teeth and gums.

Your gums are receding simply because there is less gum tissue to cover your teeth. Fortunately, if you correct the problems that are preventing your gums from growing back, the problem will be corrected and your gums will return to normal, providing you with a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact a periodontist in your area for more information.   


17 March 2016