When it comes to the health and beauty of your smile, your gums have a huge role to play. Periodontists (gum specialists) in The Woodlands like Dr. Kip Saunders are experts when it comes to helping you keep your gingiva healthy and beautiful. After all, even with the best cosmetic dentist you still need a gorgeous frame surrounding your teeth!
Here are just four reasons why you would want to see a gum specialist for advice or treatment.
Receding Gums are Making Your Teeth Sensitive
As gum tissues pull back and reveal root surfaces, it’s common to experience a heightened level of tooth sensitivity. Anything from eating and drinking to smiling or breathing through your mouth can cause discomfort. Not only that, but exposed roots are also at a higher risk of developing tooth decay.
Gum recession can be caused from a variety of factors, including overzealous toothbrushing, tooth misalignment, or gum disease. A gum specialist can help you address the cause, but also re-cover the exposed root surfaces. Depending on the severity of your recession, options like a soft tissue graft, “pinhole” surgery, or similar therapy may be appropriate. Instead of covering the root with a white filling that won’t stabilize your tooth or regain its natural shape, the best alternative is to help restore the gingiva that should be there to begin with.
You’re Worried About Tooth Mobility and Tooth Loss
Even the healthiest of teeth can fall out over time if the foundation underneath them isn’t healthy. As a periodontist, Dr. Saunders specializes in caring for the supportive structures under and surrounding the roots of teeth. When you have the support your smile needs, it’s possible to keep your teeth stable and healthy for the rest of your life. Just because your parents had dentures doesn’t mean you will too!
But if you do need a tooth extraction (Conroe), we also offer a same day dental implants! Tooth loss isn’t always inevitable, but an expert like our experienced periodontist can help you plan the best course of care.
You Have a “Gummy” Smile
Uneven gum tissues or gingival overgrowth — which is a common side effect of certain medications — can make your teeth look misshaped, short, or lopsided. Laser gum recontouring can easily reveal a fuller tooth for a properly sized and even smile. The best part? It’s minimally invasive and there’s practically no downtime for recovery! Gum contouring is a straightforward cosmetic dentistry treatment that can make a big impact on your appearance.
You’re Not Responding to Typical Gum Treatments
Periodontal disease is typically treated with soft tissue therapies like deep cleanings. But if your infection is aggressive, you need an expert who has access to efficiently treat areas well below the gumlines. Our Conroe facility is equipped with leading state-of-the-art technology to provide gentle and successful care.
Our periodontist in The Woodlands is currently accepting new patients and referrals. Contact us today to reserve your first exam and consultation with our gum expert.