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 I know if I have gum disease?
- Q How does periodontal disease affect my teeth and gums?
- Q How does illness affect the gums?
- Q What risk factors contribute to periodontal and heart disease?
- Q What are receding gums?
- Q Is periodontal disease associated with older-aged women?