When gums stop fitting snugly next to the teeth, but wear down past the gum’s margin, gum recession becomes a problem. This dental condition may result from overly aggressive brushing, poor dental care, or from an underlying health condition. While receded gums will not grow back, we can perform procedures that will enable the gum to reattach itself to the teeth.
Gum Recession Procedures
To arrest gum disease and repair receded gums, we may first deep clean the teeth, using a procedure, known as scaling and root planing (SRP), to remove tartar and bacteria below the gum line. We will also plane the roots, so they are smooth and free of germs and calculus. Next, we will measure the depth of your gum pockets to determine the severity of the disease. Based on our findings, we will then suggest a surgical recommendation or gum treatment to arrest the condition.
Gum Graft Surgery
One of the simplest ways to provide help for a patient with receding gums is to perform gum graft surgery. A gum graft surgical procedure is fast and relatively simple. During the procedure, we remove healthy gum tissue from the mouth’s roof and use it to build up the receded gum. When gum recession occurs, more of the tooth is exposed, along with its root. When this happens, a patient may experience additional sensitivity, particularly when drinking or eating hot or cold foods or sweets.
Your gums can recede because of poor dental hygiene, aggressive brushing, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), and poor dental alignment. Therefore, this type of dental condition may require a gum graft for both aesthetic and functional reasons. If you currently have gum recession, give us a call today. Set up an appointment for a periodontal cleaning and exam. You should not put off treating this type of dental condition. The sooner you have it treated, the easier it will be for you to improve your quality of life and enhance your health overall.