If you’ve looked in the mirror recently and noticed that your gums seem to cover less of your teeth than normal, you could have gum recession. This condition can occur as a direct result of brushing your teeth too hard, but it is also one of the most common signs of gum disease. If your gum recession is because of diseased gum tissue, you’ll want to receive treatment immediately. The longer periodontal disease goes untreated, the more irreversible damage it can cause to your gums, teeth and the supportive structures that hold your teeth in your mouth.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
In addition to receding gums, the following are common symptoms of gum disease:
- Visible pus between your teeth and gums
- Pain and bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Uncomfortable sores on your gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Loose teeth
- Gum tissue that pulls away from the teeth
- Tooth loss
If you have any suspicion that you may have gum disease based on the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leavitt at your earliest convenience. Dr. Leavitt is highly skilled in treating signs of the disease with cutting-edge technology.
Our Gum Disease Treatment Options
Dr. Leavitt uses innovative procedures to fight gum disease symptoms and help our patients live comfortable, normal lives. A few of the treatments we offer include:
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is especially helpful for restoring the gumline to its natural position after gum disease treatments. It is much less invasive than traditional gum surgery and has a very low risk of complications such as post-operative infections and bleeding.