Gum disease is a progressive disease, and it’s important to stop it before it leads to even more serious problems, such as lost bone and tooth loss. However, treating gum disease generally won’t restore your gums to the position they had before they began receding.
How Gum Disease Destroys Your Gums
Gum disease occurs when oral bacteria begin to colonize the area around your teeth, penetrating into the pockets around your teeth. These bacteria consume sugars in your mouth and secrete acid that damages your gums, just as it damages your teeth and causes cavities.
In response to the presence of bacteria, your body sends its own cells to combat the bacteria. As long as the bacteria are at a controlled level, the immune response is well targeted. But if the bacteria level becomes high, the immune system kind of “freaks out.” It pulls out the “big guns,” so to speak, proteins that are highly damaging to all cells, including your own, resulting in the destruction of gum tissue, bones, and the ligaments that support your teeth.
How Gum Treatment Eliminates Disease
In gum disease treatment, the goal is to clean out the bacteria and allow your body to get back to a more normal healing response. The pockets of bacteria are cleaned out. An antibacterial approach will be used. Lasers are sometimes used, or the direct application of antibiotics. Your tooth roots may also be textured to facilitate your gums reattaching after the bacteria are gone.
As your gums heal, they should reattach to your teeth, but they’re unlikely to grow much beyond that. In some cases, they may even recede further after treatment.
The Final Step in Restoring Your Gums
Once your gums have gotten healthy again, it’s time to consider making them look attractive again. Our nearly painless, nonsurgical receding gums treatment can restore your gums to their former position, giving you gums that aren’t just healthy–they look healthy and attractive.