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Gum Recession Treatment

Gum Recession Treatment From Plainville, CT Dentist Office

Receding gums indicate a progressive loss of gum tissue, which can eventually result in painful and damaging tooth root exposure if left untreated. Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40.

Gum recession in its earlier stages can be difficult to detect because the changes often occur gradually and without any symptoms. How to  prevent gum recession? Regular dental checkups will help to prevent gum recession and assess risk factors for underlying causes.

Gum recession is a very common problem and there are a number of different causes of the problem but basically the solutions are often times very similar. We see patients who brush too hard so their gums have just kind of receded from the trauma of excessive tooth brushing and often times there is like a groove worn into the tooth up near the gumline and with gum surgery procedures that I’ve done, it is like one of my favorite procedures to do, actually I have a 99.9% success ratio with that procedure. We can actually graft pieces of gum tissue or a segment of gum tissue from one part of the mouth to the area where the recession is and have it grow into that area and after it is healed, you can’t even tell that anything has been done except more of the tooth is covered and protected, plus, it acts as a preventative type of procedure as well because gum recession as it gets worse and worse, exposes more of the root and as that happens, you lose more bone and so the support for the tooth is lessened so by correcting the gum recession, we slow down or stop the process of tooth loss that inevitably is going to occur if the person just ignores the issue.

Symptoms of receding gums include:

  • Longer-looking Teeth
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Tooth Root Exposure
  • Bad Breath
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding

What causes gum recession? Here are common causes of gum recession:

  • Overly Aggressive Brushing
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Use of Chewing Tobacco

Gum Recession Treatment

The cause of receding gums will determine the treatment. If overly aggressive brushing techniques are eroding the gums, a softer toothbrush and a gentler brushing technique should be used. If poor oral hygiene is a problem, a professional dental cleaning may be recommended to rid the gum pockets of debris and bacteria. In the case of a severe tartar buildup, scaling and root planing will be performed to heal the gingival inflammation and clean the teeth for gum recession treatment.

Once the cause of gum recession has been addressed, Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Peltzer may recommend cosmetic or restorative surgery such as gum grafting. Gum grafting is an excellent way to restore natural symmetry to your gums and improve the look of your smile.

Gum Grafting

When your gums have receded too far and the stability of your teeth is being affected, we can offer gum grafting to help secure your teeth in place and restore the look and health of your smile! Gum grafting might sound painful, but it’s a relatively routine procedure that will get you great results!

Grafting has a number of benefits to your oral health and comfort beyond protecting your teeth.

  • Gum recession is a common cause of temperature sensitivity in your mouth, and by restoring gum length, your teeth will be better protected from hot, cold, and the discomfort they cause.
  • As your gums recede due to gum disease, healthy tissue can rapidly become infected and damaged, leading to bone loss and further problems. Grafting can prevent further damage and restore lost gum tissue!

Once we’ve completed a thorough exam and determined that you’ll benefit from gum grafting, we’ll need to take care of several prerequisites to ensure you’re healthy and able to easily heal from your grafts.

  • A deep cleaning will be necessary to remove any remaining plaque and bacteria that may be hiding and able to reinfect your gums.
  • We’ll discuss any sedation needs or anxiety you have over the procedure – we want you to be comfortable with your care!

If your gums are receding, call our Plainville, CT dentist office at 860-479-2397 for an appointment, or use our online form to contact us. We can help in gum recession treatment or stop the progression of gum disease and improve the look of your smile!

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