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As we age, our bodies go through many changes. Skin loses its elasticity, and some people notice their hairline receding. Most people over the age of 65 will deal with a lesser-talked-about change, which is receding gums, or gingival recession. This can happen with one, two or many teeth.

Age is not the only factor leading to gingival recession. Misaligned teeth are another natural cause of receding gums, but there are mechanical causes, too. Aggressive tooth brushing is one of the major reasons people experience this condition. The gums become worn down when a hard or stiff bristle toothbrush is used, or the brushing process is done with too much pressure. Lip piercings can also cause gums to recede.

Gingival recession exposes the roots of a tooth. This makes the tooth more vulnerable to decay and infection. Without treatment, these teeth are more likely to fall out or need extraction. Patients with receding gums often experience pain or sensitivity with these teeth.

General dentistry treatment for receding gums depends on the severity of the condition. A mild case may be treated by carefully cleaning affected areas. This procedure includes scaling and planing the roots of the teeth. Special hand instruments are used to thoroughly scale away plaque and tartar. They are then scraped or planed smooth.

Bleeding and swelling gums are often indicative of gingivitis or periodontal disease. This will also cause gums to recede. When the immune system is fighting off an infection, the gums may become inflamed and bleed.

Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums

When periodontal disease is involved with gum recession, brushing and flossing your teeth will often cause bleeding. In mild cases, the treatment consists of carefully and thoroughly cleaning the teeth professionally. This is done with instruments designed to remove hardened tartar from tooth roots and make them smooth again. When the roots are cleaned and smoothed, bacteria has a difficult time growing, and the gums have an easier time reattaching to the roots. Antibiotics may also be required to get the infection under control.

More severe cases could be cause for surgery. Necrotic or damaged gum tissue may need to be removed and special oral “bandages” could be required to help the gums heal. Antibiotics can also be administered to contain and eliminate infection.

Receding gums lead to dental decay and tooth loss. Make an appointment with Engineered Smiles to have your gums checked. Dr. Wang will advise you on what treatment will be necessary to bring your gums back to health.

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Jennifer W.

Absolutely love this place, I’ve been coming here for the last two years. I didn’t have insurance when I first started, and they had a great payment plan that they were able to let me work with. I see Jennifer, and she is the absolute best! Dr. Wang and his entire staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful. I will continue coming back to this location for years to come come!

Edward G.

Like most people I don't particularly enjoy going to the dentist. The staff, hygienists, and Dr. Wang himself make this practice the best one I have ever gone to. I have been I patient for over a year now. I recently made the decision to get a filling from another dentist redone. That filling had me terrified because my last dentist didn't properly prep me. I told Dr. Wang and he listened very attentively and took the necessary steps to make sure I was properly numbed and fixed my filling and I didn't feel a thing! The shop itself is very clean and organized. It's and old Bank building and they cleverly used the value for the X-ray room. A big shout out to Jennifer for being great and very gentle with my cleanings. Also, the office manager Autumn, for always working with insurance for me and getting the financials as low as possible without me having to ask. I have recommended several people to this practice and all have had great experiences and continue to go back. This practice is absolutely worth checking out!

Becky K.

Dr. Wang and his amazing technology create incredible results. I have had an implant and a crown and they are perfect replicas of my original teeth, only healthy. Also, the work was efficient and practically pain free!! He and his support staff are all kind and gentle. This practice is highly recommended both by me and by my husband!

Jean R.

Dr Wang went above and beyond to make sure I thoroughly understood his proposed treatment plan for a front tooth implant. He spent almost an hour on the phone with me addressing all my questions and concerns and outlining his reasons for choosing a particular method or timeline. He was patient and specific. The following day he spent even more of his time demonstrating some of the incredible technology he would be using to ensure success of the procedure. He is incredibly smart and his engineering knowledge seems to be coming in handy!! Wonderful dentist with a broad range of talent!

Sanjay P.

I’ve continued to use Dr. Wang as my dentist for several years and have always been more than happy with him. His staff is excellent and Jennifer, my dental hygienist, was friendly and did a great job. Dr Wang is always thorough and takes the time to answer all the questions I have - I trust him and continue to refer friends, family and coworkers to him and they have always been happy to say the least!

Margo W.

I could not get my regular dentist and Dr Wang popped up on Google as if by magic! I have a severe phobia about dentists but the glowing reviews about Dr Wang and his staff gave me courage to make that call after years of putting off the dentist. I was still anxious as I arrived for my appointment (I would not have gone but for the pain I was in) Dr. Wang was so personable cheerful and took his time explaining the procedure. He was very gentle. Even though I can't remember their names I can't say enough about his staff who displayed the same patience and encouragement. No one has paid me to do this review. It's all my true feelings. Dr Wang you have a patient for life in me

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670 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

(678) 801-6700

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