Without healthy gums, you can’t have healthy teeth. Prioritizing gum health protects you from oral health complications like gum disease, tooth decay, receding gums, and more. When we see our patients at Dentistry for Life for their regular check-ups, we carefully examine teeth and gums to evaluate overall dental wellness, make recommendations about necessary repairs, and ensure that you have a strong, beautiful smile for life.
Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. When gums aren’t healthy, they bleed, swell, and become painful, eventually pulling away from the teeth. This allows pockets to develop and bacteria and acids and food particles to collect, eventually forming an infection. When gum disease is fully set in, teeth will become loose in their sockets, making it harder to eat and speak and feel confident about your teeth and smile. Eventually, loose teeth will fall out or need to be pulled.
There are many reasons peoples’ mouths and teeth can fall into disrepair. The cost of dental insurance can be prohibitive for some and people who don’t carry insurance may avoid the dentist entirely. Being embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and gums can make it that much harder to see the dentist and own up to the oral health problems you’re experiencing. Other people are simply anxious about sitting in a dentist’s chair and avoid dental visits at all costs.
We want to see our patients no matter what condition your oral health is in, but especially when problems arise. Gum disease does not come on suddenly, but if it’s been a long time since you’ve had a teeth cleaning or exam, if you’re feeling uncomfortable and think something is wrong, make an appointment. Periodontal disease isn’t inevitable.
Edit Your Smile with a Gummy Smile Lift
When you have an overgrowth of gum tissue, it can make you feel self-conscious or unattractive. But it isn’t necessary to live with this characteristic. A laser gum lift – also known as a gummy smile lift – done by your Center City cosmetic dentist is carefully calibrated to remove excess gum tissue and reveal more tooth enamel, making for a brighter, whiter, broader smile.
This minimally invasive procedure takes only one dental visit to complete, and it can compensate for problems like:
- Overgrown gums
- Overgrown jaw
- Poor tooth eruption
- Unbalanced lip size
- Small teeth
A gummy smile can also be addressed with Invisalign treatment, Botox, or porcelain veneers, which can be applied in conjunction with the laser gum lift to beautify your smile and make it even.
Maintain Good Oral Health with Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups in Center City
Gum health is easy to maintain, if you are committed to it. Seeing us at Dentistry for Life in Center City twice a year ensures that you will receive a thorough teeth cleaning and an examination of your gum health, from checking gum recession levels to looking for signs of gum disease or oral cancer.
The big oral health picture is important. Gum health can only be successfully maintained if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and see your dentist regularly. You may not notice gum recession, early signs of gum disease, or solutions for gum problems, but your dentist will.
Schedule your appointment at Dentistry for Life to stay on track with healthy teeth and gums.