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Your Gums

BLEEDING GUMS (GINGIVITIS)

Bleeding of the gums is an early sign of Gingivitis, which is a gum disease that can eventually lead to bone loss. As each of our bodies are unique, District Dental believes in an individual approach to establishing a good hygiene schedule that fits your lifestyle and also ensures overall health and longevity. The key to preventing gingivitis is early detection and maintenance.

Preventing Tooth Loss

Periodontitis (or Periodontal Disease) is an inflammatory process of the bone and all associated structures around the tooth as a result of localized bacterial invasion and chronic inflammation. It is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world today, and fortunately, one of the most preventable.

As Periodontitis is generally painless it may be difficult to identify on your own in the early stages. It is only when significant bone loss has occurred (which is an irreversible process) that teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

Those at higher risk for Periodontitis include:

  • People with poor hygiene &/or poor nutrition
  • Smokers
  • Those who are genetically predisposed (hereditary traits)
  • People who have diabetes
  • Certain medications affect the development of Periodontitis (check with your doctor/dentist)
  • Those who clench and grind their teeth
  • Individuals with a poor bite (malocclusion)
  • Those who breathe through their mouth or have continual dry mouth

At District Dental it is our goal to inform patients about their overall oral health, and raise awareness about current/possible concerns and treatments. We take Periodontal disease very seriously and perform screenings on all of our patients to identify if you are at risk, or already have Periodontitis.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is a very common issue seen in today’s dental offices, which can lead to further complications in the future. The cause of this recession incorporates many factors, and there is usually a unique combination of factors for each individual person.

What most people don’t know is that gum recession is in reality a bone loss that generally first occurs on the outside of your teeth which leads to loss of support for the gums — leading to recession.

What Causes Recession & Sensitivity?

  • Poorly aligned teeth can lead to bone loss through subjecting a tooth to repeated forces applied at improper angles resulting in stress on the surrounding teeth structures.
  • Clenching and grinding (voluntary and non) can lead to further damage when you combine poorly aligned teeth with forces that are far beyond normal.
  • Sensitivity can be a result of receded gums and root exposure; bad bite, which leads to trauma of the tooth; diet; tooth fracture; tooth wear; long term trauma (clenching & grinding); high restoration &/or sinus congestion/infection.

The good news is that is you are experiencing these symptoms there are solutions available to treat recession and sensitivity. At District Dental we know that the first step in every treatment is a correct diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been made, our team will discuss your treatment options with you. These may include:

  • Pinhole surgical technique (Gum Lift)
  • De-sensitization through application of an external agent
  • Coronoplasty (Tooth Shaping) to allow for a better fit with opposing teeth and minimizing the trauma on the tooth
  • Composite filling to protect the exposed root surface

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