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    Causes of and Treatments for Receding Gums

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Receding gums can be painful and lead to dental health problems. The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent receding gums and treat them when they occur. This video explains more.

    Using the wrong toothbrush is one of the most common causes of gum recession. Always choose a soft-bristled brush to avoid gum damage. Bruxism—or tooth grinding—can also lead to gum recession. Treatment for receding gums depends on the cause and the severity of the condition. Sometimes, simply dealing with the underlying cause is enough to resolve the issue.

    If you’re experiencing gum recession, make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS. At our NYC periodontist’s office, we can treat a range of gum issues, including receding gums and gummy smiles. Make an appointment today by calling (646) 461-6582. 

    What You Should Know about Gum Recession

    Last updated 9 days ago

    When the parts of the gums that surround the teeth pull back or wear away, the condition is known as gum recession. In addition to causing pain, gum recession can also lead to tooth loss. The good news is that gum recession is common and your periodontist can provide treatment to prevent further gum loss. If you’re suffering from gum recession, here is what you need to know.

    What Are the Symptoms of Gum Recession?
    In the early stages, gum recession usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. As it progresses, the first symptom of gum recession is often tooth sensitivity. This occurs because as the gums pull back, nerves are exposed, which causes pain. You may also notice that your teeth look longer than normal or that your gums seem be thinner than they used to be.

    What Causes Gum Recession?
    A number of different problems can lead to gum recession. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of gum recession. Brushing with a hard-bristle toothbrush or brushing your teeth and gums too aggressively can also lead to recession. Hormonal changes, tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene can also play roles in gum recession. Even lip and tongue piercings can cause your gums to recede by rubbing away gum tissue.

    How Is Gum Recession Treated?
    Treatment for gum recession varies depending on the underlying cause and how severe the recession is. For instance, in the early stages of gum disease with minor recession, simply improving your oral hygiene routine is often enough to treat recession. In other cases, addressing the underlying issue, such as by removing a tongue ring that is causing irritation, can ease gum recession. In severe cases, your periodontist may recommend surgery.

    If you have gum recession, fast treatment is crucial, so make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS. Our oral health team can provide the diagnostic and treatment services you need to keep your gums healthy. To reach our NYC periodontist’s office, call (646) 461-6582.

    Pre- and Post-Operation Instructions for Patients

    Last updated 18 days ago

    If you’re getting ready to undergo a periodontal procedure, it’s essential that you follow all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. These instructions help to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and that your recovery is as easy as possible. Failing to stick to the instructions could lead to your procedure being postponed or result in complications during recovery.

    Before your procedure, discuss all of your current medications with your periodontist. You may need to stop taking certain medicines, like aspirin, before the surgery. On the day of surgery, eat meals as normal and dress in comfortable clothing. If you have a cold, report the symptoms to your periodontist, as your procedure may need to be postponed. After the procedure, follow your periodontist’s instructions for diet and pain medication. Avoid smoking completely and wait a few days before taking part in strenuous activity.

    At the NYC office of Charles Kaner, DDS, we’re always available to answer your questions about periodontal procedures such as dental implant placement, gum disease treatment, lip repositioning, and more. Call us at (664) 461-6582 to schedule an appointment or get answers to your questions. 

    Is Lip Repositioning Right for You?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    When you smile, do you worry that you’re showing more gum than teeth? If so, you could have what is known as a gummy smile. The good news is that your periodontist can change the look of your smile with lip repositioning surgery. Could lip repositioning surgery be right for you? Here are some signs you should consider this procedure.

    Your Upper Lip Retracts Too Much
    When you smile, does your upper lip move upward more than you would like? When your lip pulls back excessively when you smile, then more of your gum line will be exposed. During minimally invasive lip repositioning surgery, your periodontist can adjust the amount your lip retracts so that your gums are less exposed when you smile.

    You Have Short Teeth
    Sometimes, a gummy smile is the result of short teeth. When your teeth are short, your gums will naturally show when you smile. Lip repositioning surgery can change the amount of gums that are visible when you smile. In some cases, lip repositioning surgery can be combined with other treatments, such as crowns or veneers, to elongate the teeth for even better results.

    You’re in Good Oral Health
    As a cosmetic procedure, lip repositioning surgery is usually performed only after any other oral health problems have been addressed. Periodontal problems, in particular, should be treated before lip repositioning surgery. Your periodontist will also ensure you don’t have any health problems that could interfere with the healing process.

    If you’re interested in lip repositioning, make an appointment with Charles Kaner, DDS for a consultation. At our NYC periodontal practice, we can evaluate your case and determine what procedures will help you get the results you desire. For more information, call our office today at (646) 461-6582. 

    Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Gum disease is a serious illness that can impact both your oral and overall health if left untreated. Treatment for gum disease is always easier in its early stages, which is why it is so important to stay tuned to the warning signs. This video explains more.

    One of the earliest indicators of gum disease is inflammation. You may notice that your gums look red and swollen and that they are tender to the touch. Your gums may also bleed when you are brushing or flossing, and you may have bad breath.

    If you experience these symptoms, visit NYC periodontist Charles Kaner, DDS. In addition to gum disease treatment, Dr. Kaner also provides dental implants, treatment for gummy smiles, and more. To make an appointment, call (646) 461-6582.  

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