When the gums are very thin or pull away from the teeth, it can cause gum recession—a condition that results in discomfort due to tooth sensitivity and inflammation. Left untreated, the condition can also lead to structural damage, decay, and even tooth loss.
At Periodontal Associates, LLC, in Englewood, NJ, we can treat the underlying cause of gum recession as well as return your gums to their proper position to restore aesthetics and protect your oral health.
Periodontal treatment can do more than just help you address receded gums...
The 1st Step
The health of your gums is crucial to the health of your smile as well as your overall health. The gums protect your tooth roots, which are more vulnerable to decay and damage compared to the crowns of the teeth. If the gums recede, the underlying bone can begin to recede as well. If left untreated, gum recession will likely lead to serious long-term dental issues, such as shifting teeth, misalignment, tooth loss, and bone loss.
In addition to improving your oral health, gum recession treatment also restores a younger, healthy-looking smile. When the teeth are surrounded by strong, healthy gum tissue, it can also decrease inflammation, sensitivity, and discomfort.
Common Symptoms of Gum Recession
No matter the cause of gum recession, patients often experience a few telltale symptoms. Some of these include:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Swelling, redness, or irritation of the gum tissue
- Visible retreating of the gum line
- Notching on the teeth
- Tooth discoloration around the gum line
- Loose teeth
Gum Recession Treatment Process
Patients who are experiencing recession due to periodontal disease will require scaling and root planing or gum flap surgery at our Englewood office prior to their grafting procedure. These procedures are designed to eliminate bacteria and infection around the teeth and prevent further irritants from reattaching. Once the bacteria is eradicated, the recession can be corrected through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique™. During this minimally invasive procedure, the gums are repositioned, and small strips of collagen are placed through tiny pinhole incisions to add volume and stabilize the soft tissues. Through this innovative treatment, we can restore your gums to their natural position.
In addition to improving your oral health, treating gum recession also restores a younger, healthy-looking smile.
How to Prevent Gum Recession at Home
Once your gum recession has been corrected, you will want to maintain your results for long-term success. There are several tips and tricks you can practice at home that will help you enjoy a fruitful recovery:
- Always use a soft toothbrush. Medium and hard brushes can damage the gum tissue and cause further recession.
- Make sure you are brushing and flossing properly. Ask us to demonstrate if necessary.
- Be cognizant of the way your teeth fit together. If you notice your bite feels off, let us know so we can adjust your teeth for a balanced smile.
- Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) should wear a night guard to prevent dental damage and gum recession.
- Do not use your teeth as tools, such as for opening things, biting your nails, or chewing ice. This can lead to damage, including gum recession.
- In some cases, patients may wish to consider orthodontic treatment. When the teeth are out of alignment, it can place excess pressure on the gums and lead to recession.
Periodontal Associates, LLC
At Periodontal Associates, LLC, in Englewood, we want to help our patients get back to living their lives as quickly and safely as possible. Chetan Patil, PhD, DDS, and his team pride themselves on their flexible financing options, extensive continuing education, and personalized care.
To experience this level of care firsthand, request an appointment online or call us at (201) 567-7766.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.