If your gums are only mildly receded, your dentist may be able to treat your gums by a deep cleaning, also called tooth scaling and root planing. In this cleaning, tartar and plaque that have built up below the gum line is removed and the exposed root area is smoothed. If the pockets remain deep and inflamed after this treatment, surgery may be the only solution to put the gums back into place, securely around the tooth.
- Q Is it normal for most of my gums to recede as I age?
- Q How do I know my gums are healthy?
- Q What are the types of gums in the mouth?
- Q How can I prevent gum disease?
- Q Are there supplements or vitamins I can take for healthy gums?
- Q What are the treatment options for receding gums?