How Treatment for Gum Recession Can Improve Your Oral Health
When the gums are unusually thin or pull away from the teeth, it is referred to as gum recession. This condition can result in discomfort due to abnormal tooth sensitivity or inflammation and can lead to increased susceptibility to structural damage, decay, or 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.
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
The Importance of Treating Gum Recession
The gums are a crucial aspect of oral health; they are the foundation of your smile. The gums protect the roots, which are more vulnerable to decay and damage compared to the crowns of the teeth. If the gums recede, the underlying bone will as well. Therefore, if left untreated, recession could lead to serious long-term dental issues, such as shifting, mobility, and tooth loss.
In addition to improving your oral health, treating gum recession also restores a younger, healthy-looking smile. When the teeth are surrounded by strong, healthy gum tissue, it can decrease inflammation, sensitivity, and discomfort.
Gum Recession Treatment Process
Patients who are experiencing recession due to periodontal disease will require scaling and root planing or gum flap surgery 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.
Learn More about Gum Recession Treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum recession, treatment at our practice can address the problem and prevent it from worsening. To find out if you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with us. You can call us at (201) 567-7766 or contact us online anytime.
“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.