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COVID-19 Update
In the wake of the unprecedented COVID19 pandemic and the safety of our staff and patients, Dr. Lentz closed our office temporarily at the end of last week, 20th March, 2020.
Our voicemail has been updated to instruct patients with dental emergencies to follow the prompts to reach Dr. Lentz. This web notice is to inform patients that state and federal mandates recommend we close our office until we can equip ourselves with proper protective equipment. That equipment is not yet available because it is being directed to front line emergency workers in hospitals handling the outbreak. At this time, we are working closely with specialists to treat emergency dental conditions that are resulting in pain, swelling and fever.
State wide - No restorative treatment will be rendered at this time. Just emergency treatment (i.e. root canals and extractions) by our specialists.
Think of Dr. Lentz as a quarterback directing emergency traffic to the proper specialists. Please feel free to call and leave a message for emergency: 678-802-1209. Dr. Lentz will call back as soon as possible to trouble shoot your specific concern. We are monitoring daily, awaiting proper protective equipment orders to arrive, and will update our Lanier Valley Dentistry Family with any changes.

Are Receding Gums Commonly Painful?

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Lanier Valley Dentistry
Are Receding Gums Commonly Painful?Gum recession can occur for many reasons including poor dental health and becoming older. When gums recede, the gum line moves away from the bottom of the teeth and slowly goes towards the bottom of your mouth.

Most cases of gum recession can be avoided by maintaining proper dental hygiene; however, it is possible for the gums to move on their own.

The gums play an important role in keeping our mouths healthy. The main goal of the gums is to protect you're the roots of your teeth, which are located at the bottom of each tooth. The root of a tooth is the thinnest portion of the tooth and the part of the tooth that holds the tooth to your jawbone. An exposed tooth root can lead to premature decay if not taken care of. However, it's possible to notice signs of receding gums before severe tooth decay is a possibility.

How To Tell If You Have Receding Gums

The most common sign of gum recession is sensitivity. Many people visit our office for tooth sensitivity and think it's a lack of enamel on the upper teeth that is causing the sensitivity, but sometimes it's not a lack of enamel.

Sometimes it's due to gum recession. As the teeth roots get exposed, they become more sensitive. This is because the root of a tooth is thin compared to the rest of the tooth, and many nerves lie right beneath its surface. Foods that are hot and cold often cause pain to this area.

Another common sign of gum recession is loose teeth, and it can be very painful when eating. Gums play an important role supporting the teeth. It's possible for gums to recede far enough that your teeth won't have good enough support. This is a sign of severe teeth recession, and we suggest coming to our office for a visit immediately. Please call us to set up an appointment.


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