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 How do hormonal changes in women affect risk for gum recession?
- Q What could cause my gums to bleed when I am brushing?
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- Q Is it normal for most of my gums to recede as I age?
- Q What medications help treat gum disease?
- Q Can gums be reconstructed after periodontal disease?