Gum disease begins when a clear and sticky substance known as plaque forms between your gums and teeth. If plaque is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar (also called calculus). Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing, and it can lead to an infection at the point where the gums attach to the teeth (called the “point of attachment”). Gum disease in these early stages is called gingivitis. Gums may be red and bleed when you brush, but you may not notice anything. As the gingivitis worsens, tiny pockets of infection form, and even though you cannot see them, you may notice puffy gums, sore gums, traces of blood on your toothbrush, or a change in the color of your gums. Over time, the infection breaks down the gum tissue that attaches to the teeth. At this point, you will notice swelling, bleeding, or color changes in your gums. Gum disease also causes the bone that holds your teeth in place to break down. If gum disease is not treated, teeth become loose and are in danger of falling out.
The best way to avoid gum disease is to protect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist regularly for oral examinations. Gum disease is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. But the good news is gum disease can almost always be prevented. If it starts, it can be treated and turned around (or reversed) in its early stages.
Gum disease is hard to detect in its early stages, so it’s essential that you maintain a schedule of regular dental exams so we can detect any abnormalities in the health of your gums. We use a periodontal probe tool to measure where gums attach to your teeth. Healthy gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gum. If your gums attach to your teeth below this point, it is a sign of gum disease. X-rays show how much bone is around your teeth. If you have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better, and the best treatment is a cleaning by one of our dentists or dental hygienists to remove built-up tartar, brushing twice a day to remove plaque and flossing once a day to remove plaque.When gum disease is more serious, Phi Dental may refer you to a dental specialist called a periodontist who specializes in restoring (or regenerating) bone and gum tissue that has been lost because of gum disease. With laser certified hygienists, we also offer laser therapy to treat gum disease which can support desensitization as well.
Check your gums on a regular basis for these signs of gum disease:
Gum recession can be caused by many different or a combination of many various factors. Some of these are in our control, and others are not. Some of the leading causes include:
Yes! No matter what caused your gum recession, there is a treatment for you. If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, you most likely caught it early and won’t require professional treatment to fix it. Our dentists will help you identify the cause and instruct you on how to address it. Depending on the cause and severity of your gum recession, you may need surgical treatment in more progressive cases. This procedure performed by a periodontist is called a gum graft. We can refer you to a specialist if need be.
What is Pinhole surgical technique?: Gum recession breakthrough treatment (also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation or Lunchtime Gum Lift) is a procedure in which Dr. Lawrence Chong is certified in.
Unlike gum grafting, The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option. The recovery period is also shortened significantly, and the chances of infection are near eliminated. The final appearance is also far superior and more natural-looking than other procedures in which the color and texture of the gums are harder to match.