Receding Gums

What are Receding Gums?

Receding gums can affect adults of all ages. Whether the recession is due to lifestyle habits or periodontal disease, the gums will begin to full down and away from the roots of the tooth. This exposes the roots, making them more apt to damage, decay and severe sensitivity. Gum recession can be treated with the help of a soft tissue grafting.

What causes Receding Gums?

Some patients are more apt to develop receding gums than others. Most often, the way that you live your life plays a role in the appearance of your smile. Some of the most common reasons for receding gums include:

• Brushing your teeth too hard
• Using a hard-bristle toothbrush
• Periodontal disease
• Smoking or chewing tobacco
• Trauma

Why might you need treatment for Receding Gums?

As the gums continue to recede from the roots of the teeth, they will become sensitive. The root area is more susceptible to decay, which can affect the entire tooth and cause the need for a root canal or full extraction. Gum recession can even be unsightly, as it hinders your ability to smile with confidence. This is why treatment is necessary when you have receding gums as it prevents the recession from getting worse.

What can you expect during treatment for Receding Gums?

Treatment for receding gums often involves a soft tissue grafting. During this procedure, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to make the visit more comfortable. The doctor will remove a small amount of tissue from the palate of your mouth. The tissue is then placed over the area where gum tissue is missing and they will suture it in place. Over time, the new graft will blend in with the surrounding tissue. It is important to follow all aftercare instructions after soft tissue grafting to ensure that the area heals properly. Soft tissue grafting is done to protect the exposed roots of the teeth and prevent decay, pain or damage.

If you have receding gums and want to know more about your treatment options, we’re here to answer any questions that you have currently.