Receding gums are an indication of serious gum disease. As the gums recede, the tooth roots are revealed. The roots of the teeth are very susceptible to decay, and if the gums are receding, it is critical that the condition is treated rapidly. As the gums recede gradually, it may only be noticed by a patient when the teeth become sensitive or begin to look longer than before. A notch can be felt at the gum line. Receding gums are a symptom of periodontal disease that can be treated and resolved.
Step One: Evaluating Your Condition
To determine the most effective treatment for receding gums, a full examination of your gums and teeth will be performed, including X-Rays and hands-on evaluation. As the gums recede, the condition worsens, as pockets are formed that can allow bacteria to flourish. Our team of professionals will evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan to help restore your gums and teeth to a healthier state.
Step Two: Your Treatment Plan
The treatment you need for receding gums can vary, based upon the how far the gum disease has progressed. Every person has a unique condition, and the treatment plan will be developed to address all of the factors for the individual. Having healthy gums is very important, as gum disease is linked to more serious health conditions, including stroke, heart disease, and others. Our friendly, compassionate staff will explain every detail of your treatment plan to you so you understand what will occur. We are gentle, and focus on providing pain-free dental care.
Step Three: Treating Gum Recession
Our treatments can halt the progression of receding gums. The treatments needed could include:
- Root planing or root scaling: root planing, also called root scaling or deep cleaning, may be necessary to halt the progression of gum recession. The plaque, tartar, and debris that has collected below the surface of the gums is removed with a special procedure.
- Pocket irrigation: Also called oral irrigation, this can prevent the advancement of gum recession by using water to blast out the plaque, particles of food, and the debris that collects between the teeth. Pocket irrigation helps to keep the gum tissue healthy and strong, while reducing issues such as bad breath.
- Pocket reduction surgery: If your gums have receded to the point in which pockets have formed around the teeth, it poses a health risk to mouth, gums, and teeth, as well as your general health. Pocket reduction surgery cleans out the collection of bacteria, after folding back the gum tissue, so it can reattach to the teeth and be restored to a healthier (and more attractive) position.
- Soft tissue grafting: Some patients may require soft tissue grafting to restore lost gum tissue. Tissue can be harvested from the inside of your mouth and then placed and stitched over the area of your gums that receded.
- Regenerative procedures: The regeneration of gum tissue is typically performed through gum grafting. This procedure can resolve the unpleasant appearance of the gums, particularly if discolored or appearing “toothy.”