Lucio H. Kim DDS

Recognizing the Signs of Gum Disease and Recession

February 15, 2022
Posted By: Lucio H. Kim, DDS

We offer gum disease treatment in Glendale, CA, and gum recession therapy. We do this because there are serious oral health issues that can lead to severe complications, including:

  • Tooth loss
  • Root cavities
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Heart health issues
  • Lung health issues

Gum disease has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and low birth weight in babies.

Signs of Gum Disease and Recession

Gingivitis or early-stage gum disease may have few or no symptoms, which is why regular dental checkups are so crucial. In the gingivitis stage, gum disease is easier to treat and eradicate. When gum disease graduates to full periodontitis, it is merely manageable with professional guidance and treatment.

When signs of gingivitis or gum disease do show up, you may notice:

  • Bad breath that does not improve
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Periodic toothaches
  • Red or irritated gums

The signs of gum recession can include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • An elongated tooth appearance
  • Dark color near the gumline
  • Root cavities
  • Gum pocketing

Gum Disease and Gum Recession Treatment in Glendale, CA

Your dentist prescribes a treatment regimen for gum disease based on your level of infection or inflammation. Treatments may include deep cleanings below the gumline and a custom brushing and flossing schedule at home.

Gum recession therapy often includes pinhole surgical technique. Not every dentist offers this treatment, but we are proud to provide it for our patients. It is less invasive than scalpel surgery and does not require a lengthy recovery period.

Pinhole surgical technique allows your dentist to gently extend your gum tissue farther down on—or over—your teeth to promote recovery and reverse the recession. In addition, this less invasive treatment helps prevent new bacteria from forming under the gum.

Contact Your Glendale, CA Dentist

If you suspect gum disease or notice recession, we encourage you to contact a team member to arrange a visit with the dentist.

Also, if you have not been to the dentist in a while, we urge you to schedule a preventive checkup and teeth cleaning, which always includes a periodontal evaluation.

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