There are many dental issues that can cause issues with the gums, not only negatively impacting on oral hygiene, but also affecting the appearance of a person’s teeth and smile. A common issue with the gums is excessive gum tissue, which can lead to prominent gums or a gummy smile. Fortunately, there are various treatments available to treat common gum issues and maintain both the health and appearance of the gums.
Issues with the gums, such as excessive gum tissue, often occur as a result of poor oral hygiene. Failure to brush and floss on a daily basis can cause a build-up of plaque, which leads to inflammation and swelling of the gums, also known as gum disease. There can also be genetic causes for excessive tissue affecting the gums.
To prevent excessive gum tissue caused by poor oral hygiene, it’s important to brush and floss the teeth on a regular basis (once daily for flossing and twice daily for brushing), helping to prevent the formation of plaque. Regular professional teeth cleaning from a dentist is also an important part of maintaining healthy gums.
The following provides an overview of our gum treatment options, but a consultation with our dentists in East Bentleigh will provide you with a more detailed understanding of the different procedures available and which gum solution is best suited to your individual circumstances.
We offer gum contouring in Melbourne to shape the gums for an improved smile. Advanced techniques in laser dentistry are used to remove excess gum tissue to give you a beautiful smile. For comfort, we generally apply a local anaesthetic, and laser dentistry allows us to seal the gums without stitches, with minimal bleeding and short healing time.
A gum graft surgery involves surgically implanting a small amount of soft tissue to the affected area to help create a more even gum line. This gum solution is an effective method of repairing deformities, correcting gum recession and reducing root sensitivity. Along with gum contouring, your dentist in East Bentleigh can give you a more balanced smile with a gum graft surgery.
If you’re suffering from a sore mouth and gums, tissue may need to be removed. LANAP laser dentistry for gums is able to remove diseased tissue while avoiding damage to healthy tissue, tissue volume and bone. This procedure requires a careful approach to ensure healthy tissue isn’t removed.
For excess gum tissue caused by inflammation as a result of poor oral hygiene, there are certain home remedies that may assist in improving the health of the gums. These remedies include conducting an oil pull, drinking cranberry juice, and brushing the teeth using a drop of tea tree essential oil.
If gum disease is still in the early stages, it can be treated with dental scaling and root planing performed by a dentist. Gum disease can also be improved with daily brushing and flossing to reduce plaque on the teeth.
This depends on the specific concern affecting your gums. For gum disease, dental scaling and root planing is recommended, while cosmetic issues with the gums can be addressed with gum contouring, gum graft surgery, or gum removal and enhancement.
Yes, if left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually reach the stage where tooth loss occurs. By seeking treatment as soon as possible, you can keep your gums healthy and prevent the risk of losing teeth.
No, periodontal treatment should not be painful. For the deep cleaning involved with dental scaling and root planing, a local anaesthetic is used to first numb the gums, ensuring you won’t experience any pain.
If you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, speak with one of our dentists about the benefits of our gum treatments and whether grafting or laser dentistry is suitable for you. You may be surprised at the possibilities that are now available thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry.
To learn more about our available gum treatment options, including gum contouring and gum graft surgery, contact East Bentleigh Dental Group today.