How Periodontists Help Your Smile
By Alan M. Timko, DMD
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Periodontist  

What your periodontist in Pittsburgh wants you to know about periodontal services

When you think of a periodontist, do you usually think of treating periodontal disease? It’s true that treating periodontal disease is a big Periodontistpart of a periodontist’s work, but your periodontist does so much more. Today’s periodontists perform state-of-the-art treatments to make your smile look beautiful too.

Many people suffer from excessive or uneven gum tissue, which can mask your beautiful teeth. Dr. Alan M. Timko, your periodontist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wants you to know about how your periodontist can help your smile.

Excessive, bulky gum tissue can be caused from a variety of things including certain classes of medications, genetics or poor oral hygiene. Your periodontist in Pittsburgh can treat excessive gum tissue, but first you must make sure you are doing your part by establishing an excellent oral hygiene routine including brushing after meals, before bed, and flossing every day. If you don’t remove bacteria-laden plaque, your gums will continue to be swollen and red, even with treatment.

Your periodontist in Pittsburgh offers effective treatments to correct excessive, bulky gum tissue. Consider:

  • Gingival resculpting, using a laser to trim excess gum tissue and improve the contours of your gums. Laser treatment takes about an hour.
  • Gingival recontouring, if you want your gumline to be higher, so you can show off more of your beautiful teeth. This procedure surgically removes excess gum tissue and reshapes your gums.

Many people also suffer from receding gums, when your gums recede downward, exposing the roots of your teeth. Receding gums are mainly a result of genetics, but can also be caused by poor tooth brushing habits, such as brushing with a hard toothbrush.

Your periodontist in Pittsburgh offers gum grafting to treat receding gums. It is a procedure to add gum tissue, even out your gumline, and cover the roots of your teeth. Gum grafting uses a piece of tissue from your palate, or medically treated lab tissue.

Your periodontist can give you a smile to be proud of. People should notice your beautiful teeth, not your uneven gums. If you are embarrassed by the look of your smile, don’t be! Instead, call Dr. Alan M. Timko, your periodontist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for help with excessive, uneven gums. Call today, and find out how he can help your smile!