Gum Recession Treatments
Receding Gums and Your Health
When gum recession occurs, gaps can form between the teeth and the gum line, making it easy for bacteria to build up. The bacteria can in turn cause gum disease, tooth decay, and diseases and infections that can enter your bloodstream, infecting your entire body. What exactly is gum recession, though?
What is Gum Recession?
When gums recede, the margin of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls back, or wears away, exposing more of each tooth – or even the tooth’s root. If gum recession is left untreated, the bone structures of the teeth and supporting tissues can be severely damaged, resulting in tooth loss in the end.
Tooth loss is not the only effect of ignoring receding gums for too long, however; your appearance can be affected as well. Imagine what your smile would look like without receding gums – if you currently suffer from this problem, it may be difficult for you to do to do what?. When people suffer from receding gum lines, their smiles can look too “toothy”, because more of each tooth is visible when they smile. Treating gum recession can improve more than just your smile, however – it will improve your oral health, as well as your health overall.
Do I have Receding Gums?
Many people are not aware that they have receding gums, because it happens slowly over time. One of the early signs of gum recession is tooth sensitivity. You might also notice that a tooth looks longer than normal. Sometimes, those with receding gums can feel a notch at the tooth, near the gum line. If you think you may have receding gums, be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment – we provide the latest treatments available to prevent further damage and repair your gums.
What Causes Gum Recession?
There are several factors that can contribute to receding gums:
- Brushing teeth the wrong way or too hard, causing tooth enamel to wear away and lead to gum recession.
- Insufficient brushing and flossing can make it easy for plaque to turn into tartar, which can lead to gum recession.
- Bacterial gum infections, or periodontal diseases, can destroy gum tissue as well as the bone that supports your teeth and holds them in place. This is the main cause of receding gums.
- Hormonal changes can play a role, making the gums more vulnerable to recession during pregnancy, menopause, and puberty.
- Tobacco products can contribute to the problem by leaving sticky plaque on users’ teeth.
Treatment Options for Gum Recession
Gum Surgery is needed to treat receding gums if the issue cannot be treated with deep cleaning; deep cleaning will not successfully treat the gums if there is excess bone loss and pockets that are too deep. Traditional surgery involves grafting: a procedure where graft tissue is applied to recessed gums to encourage the body to naturally regenerate tissue in that area. Gum tissue is folded back in the recessed area, and bacteria is removed. Tissue from another area of the mouth (usually the roof) is transferred to the area being treated, then is sutured up in order to heal.
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™) is a new way to correct receding gums and gum shrinkage without the drawbacks of traditional gum grafting. With the Pinhole® Surgical Technique, tiny pinholes are made, through which existing tissue is pulled to recessed areas. The down time and recovery time is much shorter with this procedure than with traditional surgery, and pain is reduced as well. Most patients are able to resume normal activities after about only 48 hours. This new procedure is minimally invasive, and Dr. Annette Middelhof is one of fewer than 1,000 professionals in the world who are certified to perform it.
Don’t wait any longer to discover how easy and rewarding it can be to correct receding gums! Get a new outlook on your appearance, your health, and your life with treatment – contact Enchanting Dentistry today at 954-336-8478 to make an appointment for a complimentary receding gums consultation.