When to See a Periodontist

Treating Symptoms of Gum Disease in Warrenton, VA:

Gum Recession

Untreated gum disease can wear away the tissue that surrounds your teeth and cause your gum line to recede. In additional to several cosmetic issues, there are some serious oral health concerns as well. Without a sufficient amount of gum tissue to protect the tooth from bacteria, the likelihood of decay becomes much greater. Over an extended period of time, the damage to your teeth and jaw can become so severe that you may lose your teeth. As a leading periodontist in Warrenton, VA, Dr. Nina Hirshman urges patients to seek gum disease treatment before permanent damage occurs.

Preventing Gum Recession

Gum recession occurs at such a gradual pace that there is almost no noticeable difference from day to day. Over time, patients may notice their teeth becoming “longer” or that notches and dents have formed along the gum line. Otherwise, gum recession is almost impossible to detect until the symptoms have already set in. This is why it is best to avoid the situation altogether. Here are some steps you can take to prevent gum disease and recession:

  • Visit Dr. Hirshman for professional cleanings as recommended
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco use
  • Eat healthy and limit your sugar and acid intake
  • Brush gently or with an electric toothbrush for at least two minutes, every morning and night
  • Floss at least once a day (after brushing is best)
  • Correct any teeth grinding or clenching issues that you might have

Taking good care of your teeth and gums everyday will go a long way toward preventing gum disease and recession.

Treating Gum Recession

No matter how effective your oral hygiene regimen may be, some people are simply genetically predisposed toward gum disease and/or gum recession. Periodontal treatment might be necessary if the gum line has been noticeably affected. Here are some ways in which Dr. Hirshman can repair receding gum line or damaged gum tissue:

  • Pocket Depth Reduction – This involves removing bacteria trapped inside of the periodontal pockets, removing diseased tissue, and recontouring bone.
  • Tissue Regeneration – A regenerative material is used to promote the regrowth of bone and soft tissue.
  • Soft Tissue Graft – Dr. Hirshman will take a tissue sample from one area of the mouth or use a sterile donor graft and graft it into the gum line.

Once the gum tissue recedes, it unfortunately does not grow back on its own. To speak with a periodontist in Warrenton, VA about gum recession and gum disease treatment(s), contact Dr. Hirshman and schedule your consultation today!