Gum Health

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Healthy Gums and Bone Assure a Beautiful Smile for Life

Hardy, healthy gums serve as the first line of defense in protecting your teeth, underlying jaw bone, and also the whole health of your body. For numerous reasons, the gums can thin and recede over time. At Integrated Dentistry, state-of-the-art procedures are performed that regain lost tissue, correct recession, and strengthen thinning gums. Oftentimes, the grafting procedures can be done without using tissue from the palate, thus making healing and recovery even faster.

Gum Recontouring and Esthetics

Sometimes a person’s smile has too much gum tissue. A “gummy” smile can detract from the overall look of the smile. Techniques performed with a dental laser can reshape gums and bring the proportions of gums and teeth back into harmony.

Crown Lengthening

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Crown lengthening is commonly used to expose more tooth structure, crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of a tooth’s structure.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is the only one that can be reversed. Though treatment can slow or halt more advanced stages. The key is knowing what to look for so that you may seek treatment as soon as possible. 

If you are experiencing any of the below signs, it’s time to see the dentist. 

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums (during or after brushing)
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pockets between teeth and gums

Caring for Your Gums

Taking care of your gums is a great way to keep them healthy. 

  • Floss daily
  • Brush at least twice daily
  • See your dentist for regular cleanings every 6 months
  • Consider using mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis
  • Quit smoking

If you have questions about properly caring for your gums, schedule an appointment and we can discuss the best tools and tips for having a healthy mouth.

Learn more about Periodontal Disease

Periodontal health can be prevented with proper dental care, and treated at each stage.

Learn more about Periodontal Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I stop my gums from receding?

Yes, once your gums have started to recede, you can take steps to help stop them from continuing to do so. It starts with the healthy oral habits we listed above.

Can gums grow back?

Unfortunately, no. Gums cannot grow back once they have receded. There are treatments available that can help restore your gum line and restore your oral health.

Does gum contouring hurt?

Before the procedure, you may be given local anesthesia. This will numb the area so you will not feel any pain or discomfort. Though, with laser contouring, you can often skip this step. Afterward, you may likely experience some discomfort.

How long does it take to heal after contouring?

The length of time to heal depends on how complex the procedure. On average, it can take a couple of weeks to fully heal. It is important to note that laser contouring tends to heal faster than traditional gum surgery.