When gums begin to recede, it is important to seek immediate care and treatment. If left unaddressed, gum recession will not repair itself. It will continue to worsen, putting teeth and the bone structure that supports them at risk.
Gum recession treatment starts with identifying the cause of the gum recession. In most cases, a form of surgery is usually recommended to repair the gums and the damage done due to recession.
What Is Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs when the tissue around the base of the tooth begins to pull away from the tooth. It is not a painful process. Many people don’t even realize it’s happening until their dentist points it out or they start to notice that a tooth or teeth look longer than they once did.
In some cases, it may not be noticed until a tooth is loose or there is some pain associated with the exposed root, especially when eating or drinking very hot or cold items.
What Causes Gum Recession?
There are a number of things that can contribute to the development of gum recession and the need for treatment. These include the following:
- Hard or rough use of the toothbrush
- Changes in hormones that come with different stages of life
- Lack of dental hygiene
- Mouth piercings
- Crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth
- Grinding teeth
What Is Gum Recession Treatment?
Gum recession treatment will address the issue causing the gum recession as well as the damage done to the tissue and bones as a result of the problem.
For example, if gum recession is caused by gum disease, surgery may be the best choice to pull back the flaps of the gums to clean out the bacteria between the gums and teeth. Additionally, tissue grafting may be needed to rebuild the gums, and bone grafting may be needed to rebuild tooth roots or surrounding bone that has deteriorated.
If the gum recession is caused by a mouth piercing, removal of the piercing is recommended along with tissue grafting to rebuild gums if needed and a cleaning to remove bacteria.
Is Laser Treatment Necessary to Treat Gum Recession?
A laser treatment, or cleaning with a laser, is an option for anyone with gum recession or other issues that make it difficult for them to clean their teeth thoroughly. It is a quick and painless procedure that removes bacteria from hard-to-reach places and sensitive areas, like along the receded gum line.
When Is Treatment Needed for Gum Recession?
Treatment for gum recession is needed when pain, tooth loss, and other problems begin to develop. Until that point, gum recession may be monitored with laser treatment options completed as needed.
If you think your gums are receding and treatment may be beneficial, contact Dison Family Dentistry today to set up a consultation.