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Receding gums

Receding Gums St Albans

Receding gums occur when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back or wears away, exposing the tooth root or more parts of the teeth than usual. When the gum recedes, gaps or pockets form between the gum line and teeth, which makes the build-up of bacteria easy.

Untreated gum recession will cause the supporting bone structure and tissue to become damaged, leading to tooth loss.

Most people experience gum recession but remain unaware of the condition because it usually occurs gradually. In most cases, gum disease's first sign is tooth sensitivity or a tooth appearing longer than the normal size. If you are experiencing gum recession, you would likely feel a notch close to your gum line.

It is best to visit your dentist St Albans to treat gum recession early because it prevents further damage to the teeth and gums.

Why do receding gums occur?

Different factors contribute to making the gums recede. They include:

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a gum infection that destroys the gum and supporting bone structure that keeps the teeth in place. This gum disease is the main cause of gum recession.

Genetics

Some persons are more susceptible to gum disease, and research has shown that up to 30% of the population are likely to experience gum disease even if they take care of their teeth properly.

Brushing aggressively

Brushing your teeth aggressively and in the wrong way can wear off the enamel and cause gum recession.

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Lack of dental care

When you do not brush your teeth, floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash, plaque will accumulate on your teeth to form tartar, a hard substance between the teeth that require professional cleaning. Tartar contains bacteria that can cause gum recession.

Hormonal changes

Fluctuation of female hormones at certain life stages, such as menopause, pregnancy, and puberty, can make the gum susceptible to recession and cause gum sensitivity.

Tobacco products

People who take tobacco products have a higher chance of accumulating plaque on their teeth which can cause gum recession.

Clenching and grinding the teeth

Clenching and grinding the teeth puts excess pressure on the teeth, causing gum recession.

Misaligned bite or crooked teeth

Having a misaligned bite that prevents the teeth from coming together properly places excess force on the bones and gums, which cause receding gums.

Lip or tongue piercing

Jewellery on a tongue or lip piercing can irritate the gums and wear off the gum tissues.

How can I treat receding gums?

If you experience mild gum recession, your dentist can perform a deep cleaning of the affected area. Deep cleaning involves root planing and scaling. Your dentist will remove the accumulated plaque and tartar accumulated on the teeth and root surfaces, then smoothen the root area to prevent bacteria from entering the gum. The dentist may also administer antibiotics to clear off the remaining harmful bacteria.

If your dentist cannot treat your gum recession with a deep cleaning due to the presence of deep pockets or excess bone loss, you may need to gum surgery to repair the damage.

What type of surgery can treat gum recession?

The following are common surgical procedures for treating gum recession.

Open flap scaling and root planing

This procedure involves the dentist or periodontist folding back the affected gum tissues to remove bacteria from the pockets and securing the gum tissue over the tooth root. This helps to reduce the pocket size or remove the pocket.

Regeneration

If the gum recession has damaged the supporting bone structure, you will need a procedure to regenerate the lost tissue and bone. Like the pocket reduction procedure, your dentist will fold back the gin tissue first, then remove the bacteria. The dentist will apply a tissue-stimulating protein, graft tissue, or membrane to enable the natural bone and tissue regeneration in the affected area. After placing the regenerative material, your dentist will secure your gum tissue over the root of the affected teeth.

Soft tissue graft

Different types of gum tissue graft procedures are available, but the most common is a connective tissue graft. This procedure involves your dentist cutting a flap of skin on the palate, taking a tissue under the flap, known as the subepithelial connective tissue then stitching it to the gum tissue around the affected areas. After your dentist removes the connective tissue, they will stitch back the flap.

In another type of graft called the free gingival graft, your dentist will take tissues from the rook of your mouth instead of under the skin. If you have sufficient gum tissue around the affected teeth, the dentist will perform a pedicle graft procedure, where they graft gum close to the affected tooth instead of removing your palate tissue.

Your dentist will examine your teeth and the receding gums to determine the most suitable procedure for you.

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How do I prevent gum recession?

The best method for preventing gum recession is caring for your mouth properly. Ensure you brush and floss your teeth correctly every day. If you are already experiencing receding gums, visit your dentist more often and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

You can also ask your dentist for the right brushing technique to avoid making the gum recession worse. If your misaligned bite or crooked teeth causes your gum recession, seek treatment to correct the underlying problem.

Other tips to help you prevent gum disease include:

  • Eat healthy and well-balanced meals
  • Monitor your mouth for changes
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take proper care of your mouth

Get professional dental care advice from your dentist St Albans to help you prevent gum recession. You can visit St Albans Dental Care today if you think you have gum recession to have an experienced dentist examine your teeth and gums to determine a suitable course of treatment.

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