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 What is root planing and scaling?
- Q Is it normal for most of my gums to recede as I age?
- Q How does smoking cause gum disease?
- Q What are the signs of gingivitis or serious gum disease?
- Q What's the link between severe gum disease and heart disease?
- Q How does gum disease affect the arteries?