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By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
January 11, 2019
Tags: Gum Disease   receding gums  

Find out what this means and why you should turn to us for help.

Have you noticed that your gums have started to pull away from your teeth or that your teeth have suddenly become longer? This isn't angum recession optical illusion but a warning sign that bears visiting our Athens, GA, periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant. While there are several things that can cause receding gums, the most common and serious issue is periodontal disease, or gum disease. There are ways for us to help you manage your symptoms and improve the health of your gums.

Why does gum disease require treatment?
Gum disease isn't a problem that will go away on its own. In fact, it's a progressive condition that will only wreak more havoc on your teeth and gums if you ignore it. This is why it's so important to visit a dentist every six months for routine checkups. After all, many people have gum disease but don't even know it. If gum disease isn't treated, not only will it affect the health of your gums, it can also cause tooth loss. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important that you give us a call as soon as possible for an evaluation:
•    Receding gums
•    Red, puffy gums
•    Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
•    Gums that are sore or tender to the touch
•    Loose teeth
•    Chronic bad breath

How can a periodontist help me?
It's important to get rid of the bacteria responsible for causing gum disease. The most common treatment option for gum disease is scaling and root planing.

Simply put, scaling and root planing is a professional deep cleaning in which our periodontist will use special tools to remove tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. We will also smooth down any rough areas on the roots of the teeth where bacteria could easily get trapped. This cleaning is more extensive than the routine dental cleanings you get every six months from your dentist.

Of course, we may also recommend certain lifestyle changes or certain behaviors to improve the health of your gums. For example, if you are smoker it is strongly advised that you quit smoking right away.

If you have noticed any changes in the health of your gums, it's important that you call our Athens, GA, dental office today to schedule an evaluation with our periodontal team. The sooner we can catch gum disease, the easier it is to treat.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
March 05, 2018
Tags: Gum Recession  

When most people think about having a nice smile, they focus solely on the teeth, but the appearance of the gums also play a part. As in agum disease portrait, the teeth are the subject while the gums are the frame. There's no need to keep holding back your smile because you don't want people to see your gumline. Let periodontist Dr. Neal Pylant treat your case of gum recession at his office in Athens, GA.

What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession often happens due to gum disease, periodontal disease, or some type of trauma to the gumline. The gums separate from the teeth and recede due to the effects of bad bacteria or an injury. Patients who grind their teeth often or brush aggressively with a hard toothbrush may also experience gum recession. It can also be caused by genetics—some people are just born with gums that are less strong and more susceptible to recession. Recession is not only a loss of gum tissue, but also the underlying anchoring bone. This is why recession can also cause tooth looseness.

Receding Gumline Problems
Having a receding gumline is not good because it exposes the roots of your teeth. This could cause additional problems with gum disease, or eventually cause the teeth to loosen. It can lead to severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold sensations. Gum recession also presents an esthetic problem. When you smile or laugh, other people can see your gumline and exposed teeth. A healthy, youthful-looking smile has an even gum-to-tooth ratio and a sufficient amount of gum tissue.

Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Pylant has a solution for gum recession cases in his Athens periodontal office. The first step is a thorough exam to determine the causative factors. The next course of action can be scaling and root planing, along with oral care evaluation to ensure that the gums are free from bacteria-filled plaque that causes recession. In some cases, regenerative periodontal therapy or surgery may be part of the solution. The gumline may be fully restored with grafting (i.e., adding new bone or soft tissue to re-establish the growth of healthy tissue), or with cosmetic gum surgery.

Have Your Case of Gum Recession Treated
It only takes one consultation with Dr. Pylant to find out if your gum recession can be improved. Contact the office today at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment at his office in Athens, GA.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
June 12, 2017
Tags: Gum Recession  

Do your teeth look longer than usual? Receding gums can change the appearance of your smile and also threaten your oral health. OurReceding Gums Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, discusses why gum recession occurs and explains how it's treated.

Why have my gums receded?

Receding gums can occur if you brush your teeth too hard or don't use a soft bristle brush. Changing your brushing habits may be all you need to do to reverse the problem in this case. Some people notice gum recession when they grind their teeth. Often, wearing a nightguard when you sleep can stop the recession and also reduce wear and tear on your teeth.

Other causes of gum recession include smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes and a family history of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene may also cause your gums to recede. If you don't brush or floss regularly, plaque on your teeth becomes tartar, a hard deposit that can lead to gum disease. Gum disease, a common cause of receding gums, may cause tissue, tooth and bone loss if it isn't treated.

How are receding gums treated?

If there is an underlying cause for your gum recession, such as diabetes, poor oral hygiene or gum disease, addressing the cause can help stop the problem, although you may still need treatment to restore your gum tissue. Bacterial infections caused by gum disease can damage your gums and force them away from your teeth. Deep cleanings and pocket reduction surgery, in addition to antibiotics, may be needed if you have gum disease.

If you have receding gums, you've probably noticed that your teeth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. The problem occurs when your roots are exposed. Restoring your gum tissue will improve your appearance and help keep your smile healthy. Gum grafts are often used to treat receding gums. The tissue for the grafts is obtained from your mouth (typically the roof of your mouth) or from a donor and is sewn to your gum line during a procedure in our Athens office.

Don't let gum recession ruin your smile! Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.



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