Gum Recession – Early Sign of Gum DiseaseGum recession is a common problem where the gum margin that should fit tightly around the tooth begins to pull away, exposing more of the crown of the tooth and even the tooth root. Receding gums are often an early sign of gum disease, and as they recede they create pockets or gaps in between the teeth and the gums that provide the perfect conditions for disease causing plaque bacteria to thrive. Untreated gum disease can destroy the structures supporting the teeth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
Receding Gums Symptoms
One of the gum recession problem sis that it happens quite gradually, and you may not notice anything is wrong until a tooth feels a little more sensitive than before, or perhaps it looks longer than it should. You may be able to feel a notch around the gum line.
What Causes Gum Recession?
There are a number of different reasons for receding gums which include:
- Periodontal disease which is a bacterial infection that destroys the gums. This is the main reason for gum recession.
- Brushing your teeth too hard, as this can wear away the gums and your tooth enamel. Tooth brushing doesn’t need to be hard to be effective.
- A lack of dental hygiene makes it easy for plaque bacteria on your teeth to harden into calculus, increasing your risk of gum disease.
- Women are affected by hormonal changes that increase the gums sensitivity to plaque bacteria, increasing their risk of receding gums.
- Smoking makes it easier for plaque bacteria to stick to the teeth, which can lead to disease and gum recession.
- Teeth grinding or clenching (Bruxism) places too much force on the teeth and gums, which can cause the gums to recede.
If you think you might have receding gums, please contact us for a checkup and proper diagnosis.
Treating Gum Recession
Mild gum recession can be treated through deep cleaning or scaling and root planing in NYC. This helps remove the infection so your gums can heal more easily. If necessary, antibiotics can be prescribed to help clear up any remaining harmful bacteria. More extensive infections that have caused deep pockets to form around the teeth, or which have destroyed gum tissue and bone, may need gum surgical procedures to help repair the damage.
These surgical procedures can include pocket depth reduction (Osseous Surgery in NYC), to help clean out infected gum pockets and to then secure the gums around the teeth, reducing the size of the pockets. Guided tissue regeneration can help replace lost gum and bone tissue through inserting regenerative material into the affected areas which helps encourage your body to rebuild gum and bone. Gum grafts in NYC (see: Bone Grafting for Dental Implants) use gum tissue taken from another area in your mouth, and which is secured around the affected tooth.
It is possible to prevent gums from receding by practicing good dental care. This includes taking care of your teeth and gums at home, and attending regular checkups with your dentist. Quitting smoking and eating a balanced and healthy diet can also help you have a healthy and long-lasting smile.