If your gums are sore, red, swollen, or bleeding, you need to see a dentist for gum treatment. These are signs of gum disease, also called periodontal disease, which is responsible for about 70% of lost teeth in adults. Fortunately, in most cases gum treatment can stop and even reverse the damage to preserve your teeth. Gum disease is progressive, so once you start noticing symptoms, you should not wait. Instead, you should get treatment immediately.
Advanced Gum Treatment
In the past, gum treatment involved cutting your gums and scraping your tooth roots to remove bacteria. Some dentists still do this, but we do not.
Instead, we use a soft tissue laser to remove injured gum tissue. This laser is also very good at destroying bacteria. The result is quicker treatment, less discomfort, and better sterilization of the gum tissue so that you are less likely to see a recurrence. Depending on the state of your gums, we may also directly apply antibiotics to your pockets, which will further eliminate bacteria to improve the health of your gums.
Cosmetic Gum Treatment
In addition to gum treatment for medical purposes, we also perform gum treatment for cosmetic reasons. Many people feel their smiles are too “gummy.” That is, if you smile, you feel that you don’t show enough of your teeth. Instead, your gums are too prominent.
Tooth length and the balance of gums and teeth are important to the overall attractiveness of your smile. The balance of enamel and gum tissue creates an aesthetically pleasing combination. The length and proportion of your teeth also matters for the attractiveness and apparent age of your smile. We can remove some of your gums to reveal more of your attractive teeth underneath.
Gum Treatment Recovery
Although laser gum treatment is relatively gentle on your gums, it still takes several days for them to fully recover. Avoid brushing and flossing in the treated area until instructed to do so.
Instead, rinsing in the area is encouraged to clean away food and bacteria.
Hard foods that could damage or dislodge the gums in the treatment area should be avoided for up to a week after treatment. A soft food diet will help your gums recover quickly. If you experience discomfort, over-the-counter medications are typically adequate to control it.