THE CONCERNS OF
Gum Disease To Your Health
Gum disease is a progressive infection of the mouth that affects your gum tissue, teeth and jaw bone. The early phase of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is very common among American adults, characterized by bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. Research has also linked untreated gum disease to systemic health concerns, like stroke, heart disease and dementia. Dr. Amir HagShenas provides comprehensive gum disease treatment to clear infection, keeping your oral and overall health in top condition.
The Stages Of Gum Disease
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Proven Gum Disease Care
Dr. HagShenas has nearly 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating gum disease with the most effective forms of treatment including time-tested osseous surgery. We want to be your one-stop location for all things related to your mouth in order to make keeping up with your health easy. We strive to make your visits comfortable and offer sedation dentistry to calm nerves and prevent you from feeling virtually any discomfort. When providing gum disease care, we apply proven treatment techniques that ensure successful removal of infection:
Scaling and Root Planing
A deep cleaning below the gum line using special tools to scrape away plaque and bacteria that builds up along the roots of your teeth. This prevents bacteria from infecting the gums and allows gum tissue to reconnect to the tooth roots.
Osseous surgery is a dependable method of treating gum disease that involves removing infected gum tissue, cleansing tooth roots and reshaping damaged jaw bone. After osseous surgery, your gums will be sutured into their proper place to heal.
Following osseous surgery, most patients will be required to come in for routine periodontal maintenance visits to ensure the disease does reoccur. This includes a deep cleaning of your teeth, tooth roots and gum tissue.
Symptoms That Indicate Gum Disease Include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Gum recession
- Recurring bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinksEat the foods you love
- Red, swollen, puffy gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
Don’t Let Gum Recession Harm Your Smile
Minimally Invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Dr. HagShenas believes that patient care and comfort are of utmost importance and has become certified in the minimally invasive Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This technique takes the discomfort out of gum recession treatment, since it does not involve scalpels, sutures or grafts. Dr. HagShenas makes a small hole in the gum tissue just above the site of recession and uses special tools to reposition the gums over the exposed tooth roots. The Pinhole Surgical Technique can be completed in just one day, does not require sedation, and shows same-day results.
Those who are affected by gum recession may notice their gum line pulling away from their teeth, exposing the sensitive tooth roots and compromising their tooth stability. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, including gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, an improper bite or even genetics. When your gums recede, they no longer provide the protection and security your teeth need to stay healthy. Exposed tooth roots become more susceptible to decay and disease as they do not have the protective tissue, leading to a higher chance of infection and even tooth loss. Additionally, gum recession can cause teeth to loosen and affect the attractiveness of your smile.
You may be experiencing symptoms of gum recession if you notice:
- Your teeth appear longer than the others
- Your teeth feel loose
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks
- Tooth discoloration near the gum line
Gum Grafting For Restorative Gum Recession Care
A proven method of treatment for gum recession is traditional gum grafting. Since gum tissue does not grow back naturally, gum grafting is used to cover exposed tooth roots and restore the gum line. During the gum grafting procedure Dr. HagShenas can take a sample of tissue from the roof of your mouth or from a donor source and suture it over the site of recession. This grafted tissue will heal to your surrounding gums and blend in naturally with your smile. After healing, the results are a natural and beautiful smile with effective protection and security for your teeth.
Benefits Of Gum Recession Care
- Improve the appearance of your smile
- Protect sensitive tooth roots
- Provide security for your teeth
- Prevent infection and tooth loss