Dr. Todd Miller, DDS
Dr. Steven Bounds, DDS, MS
seeking treatment for receding gums in the Santa Ana, CA region are often
unaware of the problem until symptoms become very obvious. Gum recession, or
loss of gum tissue, is sometimes due to age but can also be a serious symptom
of gum disease or other problem. A periodontal exam with Dr. Todd E. Miller and
Dr. Steven J. Bounds will determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
• The gum line looks smaller, diminished
• Some gum areas may be blemished with notches or dents
• Tooth roots are exposed, causing teeth to appear larger or poorly shaped
• Extra spaces or gaps between teeth
• Tooth sensitivity
• Decayed or loose teeth
Gum Disease: Bacteria trapped between the teeth and gums can cause the gums to recede. Gum disease is a progressive condition that eats away at soft tissue, eventually destroying the health of teeth and supporting bone. Gum disease treatment is the only way to stop it but once the disease is addressed, Dr. Miller and Dr. Bounds can recommend a procedure to restore lost tissue.
Other Causes: Recession is sometimes a natural part of aging but it can also result from improper brushing technique. Applying too much force when brushing can cause some recession. Bruxism, grinding, previous orthodontic treatment and traditional gum disease treatment, smoking or chewing tobacco, oral piercings, and genetics are also common causes.
Dr. Miller and Dr. Bounds use only the latest periodontal techniques and technologies to provide their patients with procedures that are safe, minimally invasive, and deliver extraordinary results.
Laser Gum Disease Treatment: Treating mid to late stage gum disease with a laser treatment is often the best approach. We like laser because it is extremely effective at removing bacteria without causing additional harm to the gums. FDA cleared for gum disease treatment, laser surgery is gentle, efficient, and has the unique ability to generate new bone development around the teeth, giving them the foundational support they need to function.
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease: This is a basic periodontal procedure that addresses milder cases of gum disease. Once tartar and plaque deposits are removed, the gums can heal and should regain a healthier appearance.
Soft Tissue Grafts: Traditional grafting procedures involve transferring tissue from the patient’s mouth or tissue bank to the recession area to create a natural looking, healthier gum line.
Supplementation: Receding gums may also be treated using protein supplements and membrane material designed to stimulate soft tissue and stop recession.
We offer innovative, gentle, and progressive treatments for gum disease and receding gums in the Santa Ana, CA region. Call or contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Miller and Dr. Bounds.
Todd E. Miller, DDS
Steven J. Bounds, DDS
16100 Sand Canyon Ave, Ste 320
Irvine, CA 92618
Patients: (949) 857-1053
Fax: (949) 857-4611