What You Can About Receding Gums?
By Alan M Timko, DMD
July 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Receding Gums  

Receding gums are most commonly associated with periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease. Gum disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans between the ages of 30-65, and unfortunately it often goes untreated until more serious symptoms Receding Gumssurface. Learn what your Pittsburgh, PA periodontist Dr. Alan M. Timko can do to treat, heal and restore receding gums.

What Are Receding Gums?
When the gums recede, they pull back away from the teeth. Over time they can pull back to the point where the roots of the teeth are exposed. Pockets develop around the tooth that become a breeding ground for bad bacteria. The more the gums recede without treatment, the higher the chance of tooth loss and other complications. Receding gums can also affect the appearance of the teeth and make patients more self-conscious about smiling.

Your Gums and Dental Health
When considering their dental health, many people assume that it only involves taking care of the teeth. However, failing to properly care for your gums can be even more problematic over time. Periodontal disease is a serious dental condition that can affect both your oral and overall health. It is an infection of the gums that can spread if it isn't controlled and properly treated by your Pittsburgh, PA periodontist. 

Receding Gums Treatment 
The initial treatment for receding gums due to periodontal disease is a thorough cleaning called scaling and root planing. Plaque containing bad bacteria is removed from along the gumline to give gum tissue a chance to regenerate. Taking antibiotics also helps the healing process. If that doesn’t work, gum surgery may be necessary to restore the gums to good health.

Talk to a Qualified Periodontist
The effects of receding gums can be reversed with periodontal treatment by Dr. Alan M. Timko. He has been practicing dentistry in Western Pennsylvania since 1958. Call his Pittsburgh, PA office at (412) 364-6777 to schedule a consultation if you’re concerned with the looks of your gums.