Treatments For Receding Gums


receding-gumsHave you noticed that your gum line is visibly lower or that your teeth seem “longer”? If so, you may be experiencing gum recession, an important symptom of periodontal disease and a signal that your mouth is in serious need of an oral health examination to discover the causes of your receding gums. Once your dentist has evaluated the state of your teeth and gums, he or she can prescribe a course of treatment that will improve the health of your gums and reduce the chance that your gum disease will progress.

Before we discuss treatments for receding gums, let’s review a few of the major causes of gum recession:

  • Overly enthusiastic tooth brushing with hard-bristled brushes.
  • Problems with the position of your natural teeth.
  • Teeth grinding, which is believed to accelerate the recession process.
  • Genetic predisposition to thin gum tissue.
  • Poor oral self-care – excessive dental plaque on teeth can cause gum disease and recession.

Treatments to correct receding gums

Once your dentist has performed an exam and determined the cause(s) of your gum recession, a treatment plan will be created. Your plan may contain one or more of these treatment modalities.

  1. A night mouth guard to correct problems with bruxism (teeth grinding).
  2. Scheduling quarterly teeth cleanings, and/or performing a scaling and root planing procedure on your teeth to reduce the amount of bacterial plaque on your teeth.
  3. Orthodontic therapy (braces or other teeth aligning guides) to correct problems with natural tooth positioning.
  4. Gum graft surgery performed by a periodontist.

“Do not ignore your receding gums – they are an alarm bell calling attention to the fact that your teeth and gums need immediate help,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist who is the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix. “Our staff can identify the causes of gum recession and get you back on track towards long-term dental health.”





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