Gum recession is a condition where the portion of the gum tissue around the teeth pulls back or wears away to reveal more of the tooth or tooth root.
When your gums recede, gaps occur between the teeth and the gum line, which causes bacteria to accumulate. If not treated in time, the tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be seriously compromised, which may ultimately cause a tooth to fall out.
Causes of Gum Recession
Here are some of the major reasons why your gum line may recede:
Treatment for Gum Recession
There are several treatment options for gum recession. Your dentist will carefully analyze your condition and suggest the best solution for your case. The two most popular courses of treatment are:
Early signs of gum recession can be tackled by a professional deep cleaning. This is also known as root planing and scaling. The procedure involves eliminating bacteria from the gaps between your gums and teeth. This helps get rid of the infection and allows your gums to heal.
If your gums feel sensitive and the recession is increasingly apparent, your dentist may suggest a gum graft to rectify the issue by replacing lost tissue. Gum grafting is a surgical process where a small portion of tissue is taken from one area, like the roof of the mouth, and then transferred to the site where the gums have pulled away.
In order to steer clear of gum recession, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene, avoid smoking, and wear a mouthguard at night if you have the habit of grinding your teeth. If you are experiencing redness or sensitivity in your gums, schedule an appointment with us at San Tan Oral Surgery by calling us at (480) 604-2592 today.
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