Gum Recession in rockford, dixon and janesville
Patients whose gums have receded have either developed periodontal disease or are at an increased risk of doing so. Gum recession is typically a gradual process, with early symptoms presenting as sensitivity to stimuli, gums that bleed easily, gums that are inflamed, and/or chronic halitosis. Eventually gums will recede so much that the tooth root becomes exposed, creating the appearance of longer teeth and increasing the risk of periodontal disease developing. Everyone is at risk of potentially developing gum recession, but one of the most effective methods for avoiding this issue is to schedule regular periodontal exams at least every six months, or with greater frequency for patients at an increased risk.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for treating gum recession, or if you have any additional questions concerning available procedures or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Treatment Options for Gum Recession
Prior to determining what treatment option is right for you, it will be necessary to determine the underlying cause of your gum recession. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, such as structural anomalies, genetic predisposition, misalignment, thin bones and gums, overaggressive brushing, bruxism, use of tobacco, or improper dental hygiene. If gum recession is the result of aggressive brushing techniques or improper oral self-care, we will provide you with a soft-bristle toothbrush and instructions on better approaches for brushing your teeth. If gum recession is the result of periodontal disease, the following treatment options may be recommended.
One of the most common methods for correcting receded gums is a gum grafting procedure. Gum grafting is a common surgical procedure that address the issue of recessed gums by placing a graft over the exposed tooth root surface and grafting that tissue over the recessed area. Doing so improves the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but more importantly, reduces your risk of developing periodontal disease.There are several different types of gum grafts that may be performed.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
Another popular method for correcting gum recession is the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Pinhole Surgical Technique provides a less invasive alternative to gum grafting and provides the exact same results. Rather than removing and stitching grafting material, Pinhole Surgical Technique makes tiny holes (6-7 millimeters) above your gumline, then uses special tools to reposition your gums into the proper position, after which collagen strips are placed to facilitate the healing process.
Aftercare Following Gum Recession Treatment
Aftercare instructions will vary depending upon what type of treatment you receive, but it is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit or rinse for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of Treating Gum Recession
The cost of treating gum recession will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, what type of treatment you receive, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.