What Are My Options for Gum Restoration?

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Can your gums grow back? It is not possible to reverse gum problems, and that means damaged gums cannot grow back. However, if your dentist has recently told you that you have gum disease, you can prevent the disease from getting worse. Indeed, there are various successful treatment options for gum problems, and you do not have to lose your teeth.

What Are Your Options for Gum Restoration?

Besides practicing healthy eating habits like reducing your sugar intake and following a thorough oral hygiene practice, your dentist may suggest one of the following treatments:

Root Planing and Scaling

First and foremost, your dentist may first recommend root planing and scaling. This is a restorative procedure that deep cleans your gums. It involves removing plaque and tartar that stick above and beneath your gum line.

Plaque is a yellow or clear film of bacteria on the teeth that can bring about tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. If plaque builds up on the teeth, it hardens to form tartar. This can cause your gums to swell and become soft, which is an early indication of gum disease.

Root planing and scaling remove plaque and tartar from your gum line, where your toothbrush cannot reach. After removing them from the roots of your teeth, your dentist will smoothen the roots. Thus, helping the gums reattach themselves to your teeth.

Flap Surgery

Flap surgery can repair pockets in your gum to stop gum disease from developing. These pockets are spaces beneath the gum line where the gum flesh has separated from the teeth. Thus, leaving uncleanable spaces where bacteria can multiply.

The surgery involves raising the gum off the teeth to remove the buildup of tartar. After removing the tartar and cleaning the gum, the dentist will sew the gums to fit back into place.

Gum Tissue Regeneration Surgery

But if your gums are severely damaged, your dentist will need to perform gum tissue regeneration surgery. During the procedure, your dentist takes gum tissue from a healthier part of your mouth and uses it to cover the affected area. Gum tissue regeneration surgery not only lowers the risk for more damage but also covers any vulnerable roots.

Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)

PST is a fairly new treatment for minor to moderate gum issues resulting from gum disease. The procedure is minimally invasive, and it involves creating a small hole in the gum tissue that is affected.

After creating the hole, the dentist places a device into the hole. This device stretches the gum to cover the vulnerable tooth root. Then the dentist places collagen strips into the hole in the gum. These strips help to form new tissue that will hold the gums in place in their new location.
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Aftercare

After undergoing gum restoration, here are the steps you should take to ensure your results last longer.

· See your dentist as recommended – or at least twice a year.

· Stop smoking if you smoke.

· Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet.

· Look out for changes that may happen in your mouth.

To know more about your options for gum restoration, visit Ironwood Dental Care at our office in Queen Creek, Arizona. You can also call 480-712-8580 to book an appointment today.