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Gum Recession

While we are usually aware of the appearance and health of our teeth, our gums can often go unnoticed. Although our gums don’t have the starring role in our smile, they still play a significant role in keeping our smiles strong. Gum recession can cause the roots of your teeth to become exposed as the gums recede or pull away from the teeth. If this happens, your body loses its natural defense against bacteria and trauma, putting you at risk for tooth loss. While this may sound frightening, gum recession can be reversed when caught and treated early.

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Your Treatment Options

Your Treatment Options

Modification of
Oral Health Care

Modification of
Oral Health Care

For minor cases of gum recession or when caused by the over-brushing of teeth, changing your at-home oral care may be all that is required. It is recommended that you gently brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled brush.

Scaling and
Root Planing

Scaling and
Root Planing

For mild cases of gum recession, deep cleaning of the affected area usually suffices. In this non-surgical procedure, built up plaque and tartar on the teeth and beneath the gum line are carefully removed before the tooth roots are smoothed, allowing the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

Gum
Grafting

Gum
Grafting

Soft tissue grafts are commonly used to treat receding gums. This treatment is often required once the recession reaches the mucosa and the first line of defense has been threatened.

A soft tissue graft, known as a gingival graft, takes a thin piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth or adjacent area and gently moves the tissue to cover the exposed portion of the root. This added skin provides stability and healthy tissue around the tooth.

Guided Bone and
Tissue Regeneration

Guided Bone and
Tissue Regeneration

If gum recession has led to bone degeneration, tissue regeneration may hinder bacteria growth and the spread of infection. In this procedure, the developed pockets in the gum are cleaned, and a membrane is inserted in between the soft tissue and the bone to allow for the bone to regenerate itself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gums often recede very slowly, and it may not be immediately apparent. The first sign of gum recession is often tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold foods. You should always be aware of your oral appearance and note any change in the visible lengths of your teeth.

When left untreated, gum recession can worsen, leading to cavities, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.

The practice of over-aggressive brushing often causes gum recession. Brushing your teeth hard will not clean them any better; instead, you are only putting yourself at risk for future complications. Dr. Salamati can provide you with tips to safely and adequately brush your teeth to avoid gum recession.

Your best defense against gum recession is proper oral hygiene and maintenance. Practice consistent brushing, flossing, and rinsing as well as attending routine check-ups with Dr. Salamati.