Gum recession is the process of the gum tissue pulling back from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth's root. When gum recession occurs, pockets or gaps begin to form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for harmful bacteria to accumulate. If this condition is not treated, the bone structures and supporting tissue of the teeth incur severe damage and may eventually result in tooth loss.
Gum recession is a common dental problem that progresses gradually and should not be disregarded. If you feel your gums are receding, call us at Alencar Family Dentistry. We offer treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.
Why Are My Gums Receding?
Several reasons can cause your gums to recede:
- Periodontal diseases:These are bacterial infections that damage the gum tissue and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease is the primary reason for gum recession.
- Forceful tooth brushing:The gums will start to recede if you brush your teeth too hard or in the wrong way. It can also cause your teeth’s enamel to wear away.
- Genetics:Some people are more prone to gum disease because of their genes, regardless of how well they care for their teeth.
- Inadequate dental care: Insufficient brushing, flossing, and rinsing could cause gum disease, which can lead to gum recession.
- Hormonal changes:Variations in female hormone levels during a woman's lifetime, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession.
- Tobacco Products: People who smoke and chew tobacco tend to develop a sticky plaque on their teeth that is difficult to remove and can lead to gum recession.
How Can Gum Recession Be Treated?
The following are used to treat gum recession:
- Flap Scaling and Root Planing
In this procedure, our dentist will fold back the affected gum tissue, extract the harmful bacteria from the pockets, and tightly secure the gum tissue over the tooth root, removing the pockets or reducing their size.
This surgical procedure reinstates lost bone and tissue when the bones supporting your teeth have been damaged by gum recession. A regenerative material, such as a graft tissue or tissue-stimulating protein, will be grafted to motivate your body to regenerate bone and tissue in the affected area. The gum tissue is attached over the root of the tooth after the regenerative material is put in place.
To learn more about gum recession and how to treat it, call Alencar Family Dentistry at (757) 546-0301. Our dentist, Dr. Jayme Alencar Oliveira, will help you decide on the best course of treatment based on your needs and condition.