Cosmetic Dentistry treatments can be used to restore your smile if you have gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of gum tissues that occurs when the bacteria in plaque or tartar get underneath the gums.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that leads to inflammation of gum tissues. It destroys the tissues and bone structures that support teeth and can lead to teeth becoming loose or falling out. Gum disease also leads to gum tissues pulling back from teeth, a condition known as receding gums
Cosmetic dentistry treatments for patients with gum disease
Gum disease can leave teeth roots exposed, and that can lead to problems like increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods/beverages. Teeth roots do not have enamel to protect them, so they are more vulnerable to decay. Decaying teeth roots can lead to teeth falling out.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments for gum disease aim to address issues like gum recession. Here are treatments that can be used to restore the smiles of patients with gum disease.
1. Root scaling and planing
This treatment can be used to treat the early stages of gum disease. Also known as deep cleaning, the dentist removes tartar and plaque from teeth and their roots during the treatment. The dentist then polishes teeth roots to make it harder for tartar to accumulate there, while making it easier for gum tissues to bond with teeth roots.
2. Gum grafting
This procedure can be used to restore receding gum tissues. Gum tissues can be taken from the patient's mouth, or the dentist can opt to use donor tissues. The procedure involves covering exposed teeth roots with gum tissues and suturing these tissues in place. Gum tissue grafting improves the appearance of the patient's smile and protects exposed teeth roots from acids and bacteria in the mouth.
3. Connective tissue grafting
This procedure can help restore a patient's smile when their teeth roots are severely exposed. It involves removing donor tissues from underneath the top part of the patient's mouth and grafting them to exposed roots. This increases the chances of the graft being successful. Connective tissue grafting can restore the appearance of a patient's smile.
4. Gum contouring and reshaping
This treatment is used to remove the appearance of receding gums and to straighten a patient's gumline. It involves using lasers or scalpels to reshape a patient's gum tissues.
Dental implants can be used to replace teeth that have fallen out due to gum disease. The implant is an artificial teeth root that is placed in the patient's jaw. It fuses with bone tissues around it, keeping it securely in place. The implant is covered with a crown or another restoration to complete the procedure.
People with gum disease can still have their desired smiles
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