How To Treat Gum Recession
What is Gum Recession?
When the gum tissue starts to pull back or wear away, revealing more of the tooth or its roots, that is what is referred to as gum recession. Receding gums cause pockets and gaps to occur between the gum line and the teeth. This allows for bacteria that can cause disease to accumulate. By leaving gum recession untreated, the patient can see a severe loss of bone structure and supporting tissue which eventually leads to tooth loss. Gum recession can be caused by the following factors:
- Hormonal changes that result in the gums becoming more sensitive and vulnerable.
- Tobacco products that result in sticky plaque.
- Teeth clinching or grinding that puts too much force on the teeth.
- Poor dental care that allows for plaque and tartar to build up.
- Aggressive brushing of the teeth that wears away enamel.
- Genes that make patients more predisposed to gum disease.
- Periodontal diseases that destroy gum tissue.
What are my Periodontal Treatment Options?
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The traditional way to treat gum recession is through the use of gum grafting. This involves taking some soft tissue from the palate of the patient and inserting it under the flap of the gum tissue that has receded. This has been a proven method to restore a healthy gum line, but this procedure requires cutting and stitching. It can be a painful process for our patients and it can take several weeks to heal. Regeneration and pocket depth reduction are two other treatment options. The regeneration method involves the use of a regenerative material to be used on the patient to help regrow bone and tissue that has been lost. This method is recommended for patients who have severe bone loss from gum recession. The pocket depth reduction method is aimed at removing the harmful bacteria in the patient’s gum and then reducing the size of the pockets in the gum to prevent harmful bacteria from building up in excess. One of the specialized treatment options for periodontal work is the pinhole surgical technique. This is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients who are suffering from moderate to advanced recession of the gums. Through the use of the pinhole surgical technique, patients no longer have to receive a gum graft. It also lessens the recovery time due to the eliminating the cutting and stitching typically associated with the treatment of gun recession. To summarize, the pinhole surgical technique has the following benefits:
- No stitches.
- Faster healing time.
- Results that are long lasting and leave a natural looking gum line.
- Graft tissue is unnecessary.
- Less discomfort after the procedure.
- No scalpels.
Pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and soft tissue graft are the three standard treatment options for gum recessions.
How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?
The easiest way to prevent gum recession from occurring in a patient is to practice good oral care. This includes flossing and brushing your teeth daily. It is recommended that patients have two visits with our office a year. We may recommend more visits depending on the patient’s oral health. From there, it is recommended that all patients use a soft-bristled toothbrush and speaking to our dental professionals about the proper way to brush your teeth. Additionally, the following factors can help prevent gum recession:
- Eliminate the use of tobacco products.
- Eat a healthy and well balanced diet.
- Monitor any chances that occur with your mouth, such as teeth grinding or clenching.
Schedule an Appointment
If you feel that your gums may be receding or if you have any questions about gum recession treatment, please make an appointment with the AZ Perio Group or contact us with your concerns and questions. Dr. Trujillo is trained to assess and treat gum recession. By thoroughly examining your gums, he can tailor a specific treatment plan that best addresses your gum’s health issues.
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