Gum recession is a common dental problem that happens gradually, making it sometimes difficult to detect. If you’ve noticed that one or more of your teeth look slightly longer than normal, or if you’re experiencing increased sensitivity in your teeth, you should schedule a visit with Christian Pham, DMD, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Pham can determine if your gums are receding and what treatments would be best suited to correct the problem. Call the office of Crownridge Dental or use the convenient online booking tool today to learn more.
Gum Recession Treatment Q & A
What are the symptoms of gum recession?
In addition to the gums receding, or pulling away from the teeth, other indications that you might be experiencing gum recession are:
- Gums that are red and swollen
- Bad breath, or a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
Gum recession can also cause your bite to feel different. The symptoms of gum recession can come on quite gradually, so if you suspect that your gums might be receding, schedule a visit to Dr. Pham’s office as soon as possible for an exam.
What causes gum recession?
Many conditions can lead to gum recession, such as:
- Bad oral hygiene
- Smoking and other tobacco products use
- Brushing your teeth too hard
- Trauma to the mouth
- Certain medical conditions, like diabetes
- Old age
- Misaligned teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Improperly-fitting partial dentures
The most common cause of gum recession, however, is periodontal disease, or gum disease.
What are the complications of gum recession?
Gum recession can lead to many dental and medical problems. When your gums pull back from your teeth, it creates gaps between your teeth and gums called pockets. Bacteria tends to build up in these pockets, which can damage the surrounding tissue and bone and lead to tooth loss.
What is the treatment for gum recession?
If your gum recession is mild, Dr. Pham can treat it with tooth scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar that’s built upon the surface of your teeth and beneath your gum line. He then smooths the exposed root area of your tooth to make it more difficult for bacteria to develop, and to make it easier for the gum to reattach. He might also give you antibiotics to help clear up any remaining bacteria.
If your gum recession is severe, there are a few surgical options that Dr. Pham can treat you with, such as:
Open flap scaling and root planing
This is similar to regular tooth scaling and root planing, but Dr. Pham creates an incision in your gums and folds back the affected gum tissue to more deeply clean the harmful bacteria in your pockets. After he cleans, he secures the gum tissue to your tooth to eliminate the pocket or help reduce its size.
If gum recession has damaged some of the bone supporting your teeth, Dr. Pham might perform an open flap scaling and root planing, but after cleaning your pockets, he treats the damaged area with a regenerative material, such as a tissue-stimulating protein, graft tissue, or membrane, to help your body regenerate bone and tissue matter in that area.
Soft tissue graft
There are a few different types of gum tissue graft procedures, such as connective tissue grafts, gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts, but the basic idea is to remove tissue from an area in your mouth and stitch it to the area around the receding gums, thereby reducing the size of the pockets.
If you’re worried that you might be experiencing gum recession, schedule an appointment today at Crownridge Dental to learn about your treatment options and get on the path to recovery.