Receding Gums Treatment In Phoenix & Ahwatukee, AZ
Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment
Gum recession is a condition where your gum tissue pulls back from your teeth. Also known as receding gums, this condition causes the gum tissue surrounding your teeth to wear away and pull back, thus exposing more teeth or the tooth’s root. It is a form of periodontal disease that can have serious consequences, such as tooth loss. Gum recession can be severe, moderate, or mild, and it can affect multiple teeth or just one tooth.
Many people suffer from receding gums, but most of them are unaware since it is a gradual process. It mostly affects more men than women that are more than 40 years old and can be mistaken as a sign of aging. The initial sign of gum recession is tooth sensitivity, then you will notice that the tooth is longer than usual. You may feel sensitive to sweets, cold, and heat when brushing or flossing, and during dental cleanings.
A notch will be felt along the gum line that causes pain and discomfort. If you experience any of the following symptoms, then it would be best for you to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
• Bleeding after flossing or brushing
• Swollen, red gums
• Bad breath
• Visibly shrinking gums
• Pain at the gum line
• Loose teeth
• Exposed tooth roots
Receding gums is caused by poor oral health, genetics, hormonal changes, aggressive brushing, grinding and clenching of teeth, chewing tobacco, and even smoking. Other causes of gum recession could be dental plaque or tartar buildup, abnormal tooth positioning, trauma to your gum tissue, and lip and tongue piercings.
When the gum recedes, pockets or gaps are formed between the gum line and the teeth, and this could lead to bacteria build-up. If it is not treated on time it could lead to severe damage to the bone structures and supporting tissue leading to tooth loss. There are various treatments available that depend on the severity of the condition, but early diagnosis and treatment would result in better outcomes.
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Gum recession can be prevented by taking good care of your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing every day and visiting your dentist at least twice per year are recommended. If the problem has already occurred, then your dentist may want you to come in for treatment more often. A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended, but you can also ask your dentist to advise you on the best toothbrush for your teeth. A misaligned bite or teeth grinding are also causing gum recession, and you need to talk to your dentist about what you can do to correct the problem.
The other things that you can do to prevent receding gum include:
• Quit smoking and other tobacco products
• Eat a healthy balanced diet
• Monitor the changes that may take place in your mouth
Gum recession has both surgical and nonsurgical treatments such as topical antibiotics, dental bonding, and orthodontics. Gum recession is a form of periodontal disease that your dentist can work with you on how best to cleanse your teeth. Root planning and scaling (deep dental cleaning) can be performed under local anesthesia. This will help to get rid of harmful bacteria beneath your gum line that can cause gum disease. Your periodontist might recommend the insertion of an antibiotic directly underneath your gums to treat gum disease.
Dental bonding can be used to camouflage the area where gum recession has occurred using a tooth-colored composite resin. The resin covers the exposed root canal to make it more comfortable and less noticeable. When a tooth is tipped, rotated, or crooked, it can result in gum recession. In such a case, then braces can be used to rectify the problem. Using orthodontics, a tooth is moved to proper alignment and its gum margin might rectify itself over time.
The most predictable and lasting solution to gum recession is gum graft surgery, which is typically performed by your periodontist. During the surgery, a gum graft is taken from the roof of your mouth and used to replace the missing gum tissue. In some instances, though, it can come from a human donor that is sterilized. The gum graft is stitched in the proper position by your surgeon, and there are several types of grafting procedures. Talk to your dentist to help you determine which one is the right one for your situation.
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