Would Treatment Help Your Receding Gums?
It’s a condition that could naturally occur from a very early age, or it can occur slowly over time. Receding gums is a very common affliction that affects people of all ages. As common as it is, it’s preventable and treatable, given the right approach. Below, learn more about receding gums, the causes and potential treatments.
What Does It Mean to Have Receding Gums?
If you don’t suffer from receding gums, you likely know someone who does — you can recognize them easily enough by the appearance of overly exposed teeth or a “droopy” gum line. Often, receding gums will give the appearance of teeth that are abnormally long, and sometimes you might notice a small pocket between the tooth and gum where the gum has actually detached. Because receding gums typically are associated with a level of gum disease, the gums themselves often appear red, especially where they come in contact with the teeth. At best, it is a condition that can be unsightly. At worse, it can cause health problems and discomfort.
What Causes It?
Receding gums can be caused by several factors: For some people, their genetics predispose them to the condition — which essentially means that receding gums are likely to occur regardless of proper dental hygiene. Similarly, a hormonal change (puberty, menopause, pregnancy) can cause gums to be overly sensitive to periodontal disease. Poor dental care is a leading cause of receding gums, as a lack of brushing and flossing can cause plaque and tarter to build up, which leads to ideal conditions for periodontal disease to take place. Likewise, overly aggressive dental care can have the same result. People who brush their teeth too hard sometimes wear away protective enamel and cause gums to recede. Other causes include teeth-grinding, smoking or objects in the mouth, such as piercings.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Gum Grafting
Rigorous dental care is recommended to prevent and treat receding gums, but it’s not always enough. Dental experts often will recommend surgical treatment to return the gums to their natural position. Here are two such treatments:
- Periodontal Surgery. This technique involves physically reshaping the existing gum tissue so that it is reattached to the tooth and shaped to be more attractive.
- Gum Grafting. Occasionally, gum tissue is missing entirely or must be removed for treatment. In these cases, gum grafting is used. This method involves moving healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth to the spot where it is needed.
Both methods are considered to be an excellent way to treat receding gums if it is too late to treat with general cleaning.
What Can Grove Dental Do for You?
At Grove Dental, our professionals keep ahead of dental trends that make treatments easier and more comfortable. We also take pride in our results — and our patients agree. Contact us today for a consultation and to hear how we can best address any receding gum issues.