Gum Grafting to Heal Receded Gums

Are your teeth looking longer than they used to? If they are, your gums might be receding. There are many different things that can cause this, including gum disease, tartar buildup, and excessive brushing or brushing with medium or hard bristles. Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing... read more »

Functional Gingivectomy and Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

A fairly common treatment for gum disease or for increasing your smile’s cosmetic appeal is to lengthen your crowns. This treatment removes a small part of the gumline, revealing more of your teeth and reducing the pockets gum disease can cause. Gum shaping is a process used to help gums appear more regular. It is often used to treat encroaching... read more »

The Treatment and Prevention of Gum Disease

Gum disease still affects 64.7 million Americans, and this infection of your gum tissue can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Not only that, but gum disease increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease since the inflammation in the gums releases harmful bacteria throughout your body. Treating periodontal disease is fairly simple in the early stages and is often... read more »

Gum Disease Can Result in Tooth Loss and Other Complications

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an inflammation or infection of the gum tissues. It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that it afflicts an estimated 47 percent of adults over the age of 30. The primary cause of this disease is hardened tartar at the gumline; however, habits like tobacco use and certain medical conditions, like... read more »

How to Prevent Gum Recession

Gum recession is a common dental issue that involves your gums moving away from your teeth. The gums then expose the tooth roots and create pockets, which can cause tooth sensitivity and infection. There are many factors that can cause gum recession, including gum disease, your genes, aggressive tooth brushing, insufficient dental care, hormonal changes, tobacco products, teeth grinding, and... read more »

Reasons You Might Need Crown Lengthening

A Gingivectomy, also known as crown lengthening, is a fairly simple treatment that can be used to treat a number of problems our patients face. Crown lengthening reshapes the gumline to add length to the teeth to treat a few different issues. Gum disease can often lead to the need for a gingivectomy. Gingivitis can create “pockets” in the spaces... read more »

What You Should Know About Your Bleeding Gums

Many people think that bleeding gums aren’t a big deal. Similarly, several people seem to ignore them entirely. Unfortunately, bleeding gums aren’t normal and could actually be a sign of significant problems. However, please don’t misunderstand—bleeding gums might not always be a sign of trouble. For example, your gums might bleed if you have just started flossing regularly. When you... read more »

There Are Two Distinct Stages of Periodontal Disease, Each with Telltale Symptoms

Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of periodontal disease. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly half of the population over the age of 30 has some form of periodontal disease. There are two distinct stages to periodontal disease. Each has distinct symptoms and complications. Periodontal disease starts out as gingivitis. This happens when hardened tartar... read more »

The Risks of Gingivitis

As most people know, gingivitis is something you should try to avoid altogether. However, do you know what gingivitis actually is? Or what it can do to your teeth? Did you also know you could have it and not even know it? You see, if plaque isn’t removed, it will eventually turn into tartar. Unfortunately, tartar usually builds up is... read more »