Soft Tissue Management Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

If you have sore or inflamed gums, you might benefit from soft tissue management services. At Creating Smiles Dental in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, Cindy Brayer DMD, PA, Phong Phane, DMD, and their team offer personalized soft tissue management to heal your gums and reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth loss. If you’re due for a dental exam or are concerned about your gum health, call Creating Smiles Dental, or request your next appointment online today.

Soft Tissue Management Q&A

What is soft tissue management?

Soft tissue management is the personalized preventive care provided if you have signs of gum disease. The team at Creating Smiles Dental offers soft tissue management for patients with all degrees of gum disease, from mild inflammation to gum recession and bone and tooth loss. 

 

The goal of soft tissue management is to heal your gums and remove bacteria and plaque to prevent your gum disease from worsening. If your dentist identifies signs of gum inflammation during your routine dental exam, they discuss your condition with you and recommend soft tissue management.

What services are included in soft tissue management?

Soft tissue management focuses on preventive care. The team at Creating Smiles Dental creates personalized plans to address your specific needs. 

 

For example, if your gums show signs of mild inflammation, your soft tissue management plan might include scaling or root planing at your biannual dental appointments. Creating Smiles Dental uses innovative treatments like the Solea® laser to remove plaque and tartar from both above and below your gum line.

 

Your dentist might recommend quarterly dental cleanings instead of twice a year to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Some patients are more prone to excessive bacteria and plaque, even with the best at-home dental hygiene.

 

Your dentist might also recommend specific dental products, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and toothbrushes, for you to use at home to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

What are the signs I need soft tissue management?

You could have early-stage gum disease, but not have any noticeable symptoms. Often, the first time a patient learns that they have gum disease is during a routine dental checkup. 

However, as gum disease advances, the symptoms become more noticeable. Some of the common signs of gum disease include:

 

  • Red or purple gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession (your teeth look longer)
  • Loose teeth

 

When left untreated, gum disease causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, and eventually, the bacteria can start to eat away at the bone in your jaw. As a result, your teeth become loose and either fall out or need to be removed.

 

Call Creating Smiles Dental, or make an appointment online today to learn more about soft tissue management and how it can protect your gums, teeth, and overall oral health.

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