Gum line recession is a common indicator and problem related to gum disease. Since the gums are a part of the support structure for teeth, gum recession poses a major threat to oral health. When treating receding gums, our periodontist addresses both the immediate threat of receding gums as well as the effects of gum recession’s underlying cause: gum disease. Treatment options for patients include surgical procedures such as a gum graft and less invasive procedures that address diseased gum tissue.
What causes gum recession?
The most common cause of receding gums is periodontal (gum) disease. This condition, caused by tartar and plaque buildup, involves inflamed and infected gum tissue. When tartar builds up along the gum line, the gums respond by receding away from the teeth. Since tartar cannot be removed by oral hygiene practices conducted at home, tartar will continue to build up and the gums will continue to pull away from teeth.
While periodontal disease is the most common reason for gum recession, some patients may experience receding gums for other reasons. For instance, brushing teeth too vigorously can irritate the gums and make them pull away from teeth.
How are receding gums treated?
The first way to treat receding gums is to perform specialized cleanings such as scaling and root planing. These non-surgical treatments remove tartar and plaque deep below the gums and along the roots of teeth. Once tartar is removed and the infection present in gum disease is controlled, gingival tissue can heal and reattach to teeth properly. Sometimes, advanced gum recession may be treated by a surgical procedure called a gum graft. This treatment method involves taking soft oral tissue from another part of the mouth and attaching it to an area where there is a significant loss of gingival tissue.
We are currently accepting new patients. If you suspect that you have periodontal disease or have been diagnosed with it, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our periodontist. Call our office today to reserve a consultation.