Patients in the area of Encino, CA are encouraged to visit their dentist as soon as they notice problems such as receding gums. A receding gum line is an issue that should never be ignored or overlooked. Receding gums can be an indication of a much bigger problem such as periodontitis that can result in permanent destruction of the smile.
Can receding gums heal?
The most common question Dr. Sheila Mahooti of Signature Smiles of LA hears is, “can receding gums heal?” This can be a tricky question because there is no right or wrong answer. Receding gums are often problematic and indicative of periodontal disease. When the disease, or “infection,” is controlled, patients may notice some natural healing. However, the gum tissues themselves will not return back to normal following the later stages of periodontal diseaseand these individuals should speak to their dentist about the possibility of procedures such as gum grafting to repair the damage.
What can I do about receding gums?
The first step is to visit a dentist for an evaluation. The dentist will be able to determine the cause of the recession and then provide an effective treatment plan. If periodontal disease is causing the gums to retract and expose more of the natural tooth root, then the first step will be to control the infection with antibiotics and procedures such as scaling and root planing. After this, reconstruction may occur with gum grafting to rebuild the lost gum tissue. In most instances, gum grafting is considered an elective, aesthetic procedure and not always necessary.
Schedule a visit today
Dr. Sheila Mahooti is available for patients in the Encino, CA area seeking quality, comprehensive dental care solutions. If you are interested in finding out how receding gums can be treated, we encourage you to book an appointment at Signature Smiles of LA. The practice is conveniently located in Encino, CA at 5363 Balboa BLVD. #325 and can be reached by phone at (818) 600-1884.