Healthy gums are the foundation for strong, plaque-free teeth. At Queens Dental Group in West Covina, California, AJ Suchak, DDS, and Om Suchak, DDS, treat periodontal disease and cosmetic gum concerns with professional treatments, such as scaling and root planing and crown lengthening. Call the Los Angeles-area clinic today or schedule an appointment online to find the right gum treatment for your smile.
Gum treatment is a group of procedures that improve your gum health. The gums are the soft tissues that hold your teeth in place. They protect the crowns of your teeth, tooth roots, and jawbone. Along with stabilizing your teeth, gum tissue acts as a barrier against decay-causing bacteria.
Healthy gums are essential to protect your oral health. Without this barrier, bacteria can erode your teeth and the roots that secure them.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common reason people need gum treatment. This periodontal infection occurs when a sticky type of bacteria called plaque builds on your gums. Without early intervention, plaque can become trapped beneath the gum line and fester.
There are two types of gum disease the team can treat at Queens Dental Group:
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that causes red, inflamed gums. While your gums may feel sensitive and bleed when you brush your teeth, they’re still firmly intact. The effects of gingivitis are reversible with proper oral health care.
Without treatment, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease occurs when plaque forms small pockets beneath the gum line. The bacteria starts to fester and releases toxins that eat away at your tooth-supporting tissues. While periodontitis is not reversible, gum treatments can help prevent its progression.
The Queens Dental Group team uses comprehensive testing procedures, such as digital X-rays, to diagnose gum disease.
Queens Dental Group offers several types of restorative and cosmetic gum treatments, including:
Scaling and root planing is a minimally invasive treatment that involves inserting small instruments beneath the gum line to clean out pockets of plaque. The team then smooths your tooth roots to reattach the gums to the teeth.
A gum graft involves placing a special membrane into your gums to promote tissue regeneration. The team may recommend grafting if you’ve lost healthy gum tissue.
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure that treats a “gummy” smile. If your gums cover a significant portion of your teeth, crown lengthening removes excess tissue to expose the crown portion.
If you have receding gums, ridge augmentation involves placing a tissue graft to bolster new growth
Call Queens Dental Group today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about gum treatment.