A receding gum line is often the first stage of gum disease. If not addressed, it can easily advance into periodontal disease - which is incurable. This is why taking swift action to fix any gum recession is imperative.
A skilled periodontist - and an oral surgeon - can help.
Understanding Gum Recession
Simply put, gum recession is when the gums around a tooth begin to recede, exposing more of the tooth. Some people notice this is happening because their teeth are appearing longer. This loss of gum can lead to bigger oral health problems.
Aside from being a huge aesthetic concern, gum recession can eventually expose roots. This tooth area that is meant to be under the gum line is not equipped to be above it. There is no enamel protecting it from decay which means cavities are very much a reality.
What’s more, when too much of this underlying area is exposed, sensitivity can become an issue as well as loose teeth. This is because the gums play a role in anchoring them.
Although receding gums may not seem like a big deal now - it can progress if left untreated and put you and your oral health at risk.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Many people think that poor oral hygiene is the cause of gum recession. It may be one of the causes, but it surely is not the only one.
Gum recession can result from:
- Being too aggressive when brushing and flossing.
- Misaligned/crooked teeth
- Gum disease
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Dental trauma
Be sure to take steps to reduce your risk and maintain healthy gums. Because this does not always work or it may be too late, it is good to know that treatment is available.
How a Periodontist Can Fix Receding Gums
Fixing receding gums in very early stages can begin with removing all the buildup around them, including plaque and tartar. Most gums in this stage will hold pockets of bacteria and it pulls the gums away from the teeth.
After the pockets are emptied, the roots are smoothed out so that the gum can reattach to the tooth. This procedure is known as scaling and root planing. It can be highly successful in treating gums in their early stages.
If gum receding has progressed, a gum graft can be performed. This minor oral surgery can take healthy soft tissue and add it to the area where the gums have receded. This extra tissue will help to rebuild the gums. This, too, is a very successful treatment.
Preventing Gum Recession
Whether you are not yet suffering from receding gums or you have been given fresh gums, you can continue caring for your teeth and gums to reduce your risk by taking a few preventative steps, including:
- Brushing at least twice a day - and avoid aggressive brushing
- Floss daily
- Visit your dentist routinely every 6 months
- If you suffer from bruxism, talk to your dentist about a customized mouthguard to wear at night
The more intentional you are today about your oral healthcare, the healthier your gums will be tomorrow.
Get Help for Your Receding Gums
If you are suffering from receding gums, Rio Grande Oral Surgery can successfully provide you with the treatment you need. We use the latest, most effective procedures to address the recession and leave you with healthy, happy gums.
To learn more or to see if you are a candidate, contact us today at 505-821-2111. Or, request an appointment online.