Gum recession can be referred to the gum tissue surrounding the teeth beginning to wear away or pulling back or exposing a higher portion of the tooth or its root. Untreated receding gums can damage the bone structure and supporting tissue of the teeth and can also ultimately lead to loss of the tooth.
Gum recession is a common dental issue and most people who have receding gums not to realise it as it takes place gradually. Tooth sensitivity or your tooth appearing longer than usually can be the first signs of receding gums.
Gum recession should not be ignored, and you should schedule an appointment with your doctor at the earliest upon suspecting or noticing gum recession.
Reasons for Gum recession
Some of the reasons for gum recession include:
- Gum infection and periodontal disease can result in damage and destruction of gum tissue causing gum recession.
- Aggressive brushing can lead to erosion of dental enamel and gum recession.
- Inadequate dental care such as not brushing and flossing properly, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash and skipping dental check-ups can also lead to gum recession due to an increased probability of dental and gum disease.
- Genetics and hormonal changes such as menopause and pregnancy can also cause gum recession.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth can put pressure on your teeth and cause your gums to recede.
- Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can cause too much force coming on the gums while chewing, biting and eating leading to gum recession.
How to Treat Gum recession
You can treat gum recession with the help of the following dental treatments:
- Open Flap Scaling and Root Planning: It involves the removal of harmful bacteria in the pockets of your gums tissue by folding back the affect gum tissue. This is followed by securing the gum tissue over the root of the tooth.
- Regeneration: Your dentist can opt to regenerate lost bone and gum tissue using tissue-stimulating protein, graft tissue or membrane. This regenerative material is placed on the gum tissue and secured over the root of the tooth.
In case you are experiencing from receding gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heejoo Pyon in New York