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Phoenix Periodontist Dr. Trujillo's Advice On Identifying Receding Gums

Receding gums are a very common problem in the field of dentistry, and one that Dr. Trujillo has a specialty in correcting. We would like to help educate you on the dangers of receding gums, how to identify receding gums, and how to treat them. 

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession refers to a condition in which a patient’s gums begin to wear away or draw back from their teeth. As the gums recede, more of the tooth itself is revealed. This as a consequence exposes the tooth to additional wear as well as bacteria which can lead to tooth decay and other dental problems. Here are some of the leading causes of gum recession:

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  • Tobacco product usage.
  • Teeth clenching or grinding.
  • Aggressive tooth brushing.
  • Genetic predisposition.
  • Gum disease.

How Do You Identify Gum Recession?

Gum recession actually occurs overtime which can make it hard for patients to notice on their own. Part of the reason we recommend annual check-ups is so that Dr. Trujillo can check and identify gum recession in a patient prior to the condition adversely affecting them. Also though, It is not always possible to identify gum recession through just a visual observation. Below are some signs that you’ll want to look for if you suspect that you may have gum recession:

  • Longer teeth: if your teeth seem longer than they used to be, it may be because your gums have started to recede and reveal more of your teeth’s surface area.
  • Tooth sensitivity: an increased sensitivity to your teeth is often a sign of a dental issue such as gum recession.
  • Gum line notch: take a moment to feel where your tooth meets your gum. If there is any recession, you will be able to feel a small indentation or notch.

What Are My Options For Treating Gum Recession?

Prior to understanding your treatment options, it is important that you understand what can happen if you don’t receive treatment. Without treatment, the following can happen to your gums if you’re suffering from gum recession:

  • Your gums will become inflamed and sensitive.
  • Your gum becomes more and more susceptible to bacteria that can cause disease.
  • The supporting tissue and bone structure in your mouth will degrade.
  • Eventually, your teeth can rot and then die.

The good news is that gum recession is a very treatable dental problem. The easiest way to treat it is through preventive options such as not smoking, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Additionally, if there is any sign of inflammation in your gums it can be treated with the use of antibiotics. For other cases of gum recession, we can help you by offering one of the following treatment options:

  • Pinhole Surgical Technique: A innovative technique to reduce recovery time, and better gum restoration
  • Soft tissue graft: skin from the roof of your mouth can be taken to perform a graft and patch the missing gum tissue.
  • Gum Regeneration: the receded skin of the gums will be folded back to promote the stimulation of gum tissue regrowth.
  • Pocket depth reduction: bacteria is removed and any receded gum is placed back over the exposed root.
  • Deep cleaning: the most common treatment method, which includes performing a root planning, smoothing, and tooth scaling to cover and clean the exposed area around the root of your tooth.

Make An Appointment With Us

The Arizona Periodontal Group is prepared to help you identify and treat any issues you are having with receding gums. Should you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact us today. If you’re looking to schedule an appointment, you may do so via the phone or online.

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When you visit our office, your oral health is our top priority. Dr. Trujillo and his entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.