Gingival recession (receding gums) is the progressive loss of gum tissue, which, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth root exposure. Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but the process can begin in the teenage years.
Gum recession can be difficult to self-diagnose in its earlier stages because the changes often occur asymptomatically and gradually. Regular dental check ups will help to prevent gum recession and assess risk factors.
The following symptoms may be indicative of receding gums:
• Sensitive teeth
• Visible roots
• Longer-looking teeth
• Bad breath
The most common causes of gingival recession are:
• Overaggressive brushing
• Poor oral hygiene
• Chewing tobacco
• Periodontal disease
Drs. Davis and Matthews provide many different treatments for gum recession; the treatment you receive will depend on the gum recession present. Every case of gum recession is different. Drs. Davis and Matthews will examine the nature of the problem which caused the recession to begin with, and address this problem first.
Recommendations or Treatment options are as follows:
• A softer toothbrush and a gentler brushing technique
• A professional dental cleaning to rid the gum pockets of debris and bacteria
• Scaling and root planing to heal the gingival inflammation and clean the teeth.
• Gum tissue regeneration and gum grafting to restore natural symmetry to the gums and make the smile look more aesthetically pleasing.
If you have any questions or concerns about gum recession or periodontal disease, please ask Drs. Davis and Matthews at your next dental visit or call Excel Dental today to schedule an appointment.