Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA

Adriana Albite, DMD

W. Roger Long, DDS

Bethany Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA

Ft Pierce Dentist | Is Gum Recession Reversible?

illustration of St Lucie County Dentist gum disease

If you’ve noticed that your gums seem to be pulling back from your teeth, or your teeth look a little longer than they did before, these are tell-tale signs of receding gums. When gum recession takes place, gaps can form between the gum and tooth. This allows disease-causing bacteria to build up.

Gum recession is a common problem that affects 4% to 12% of the adult population. If you don’t see your Ft Pierce dentist to start treatment at an early stage of gum recession, it will be difficult to stop or reverse the process of gum recession.

What Happens When Gums Recede

The role of your gums is to protect your teeth. First, the attached gingiva securely connects your teeth to the bone. Second, the gingival mucosa protects the insides of your cheeks and gums.

The edge of the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth is known as the gingival margin. When this gingival margin pulls away from the teeth, it leaves the tooth roots exposed, making them more susceptible to decay, and eventually tooth loss.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

Gum recession can happen slowly. That’s why it is important to take a good look at your gums and teeth every day. Here are the symptoms of receding gums:

  • Swollen and red gums
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Long teeth
  • Exposed roots

Since gum recession affects the look of your smile, this may knock your confidence, but fortunately, something can be done to reverse the problem.

How a Ft Pierce Dentist Can Treat Receding Gums

If you don’t visit a dentist for treatment at an early stage, gum recession will eventually damage the supporting bone. If you keep a routine dental visit, your dentist can spot the condition from the start and give you treatment options if necessary.

Gum grafts are usually performed as a way to reverse receding gums. This surgical procedure involves cutting a flap of your skin from the top of your mouth and the tissue under the flap is removed and is stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the root of the tooth.

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Need to Contact a Ft Pierce Dentist Today?

If you need to get in touch with a Ft Pierce dentist for any dental emergencies or issues, contact Smooth Sailing Dental today for more information.

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Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA