Gum recession is where the gum margin gradually pulls back from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth and eventually the tooth root. It can be a serious condition because it enables gaps or pockets to form in between the teeth and the gum line. These pockets are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and as they deepen, they can be very difficult to keep clean.
Eventually, these bacteria will destroy the gum tissue, the ligaments attached to the teeth, and even the actual bone surrounding the teeth. Over time, this can result in tooth loss as the condition develops into periodontal disease. Gum recession is quite common, but because it can occur very gradually, most people are unaware they have this condition. One of the first signs is noticing increased tooth sensitivity or that teeth begin to look longer than before.
Receding Gums Treatment
If you think your gums are receding, then make an appointment to come and see Dr. Daria Royzman and Dr. Daniel Royzman so we can diagnose and treat this problem. When the condition is caught early on, professional deep cleaning can be sufficient to remove bacteria, enabling the gum tissue to heal. This treatment is called scaling and root planing, and is highly effective. At the same time, we may prescribe antibiotics or will place them topically in any gum pockets to help reduce bacteria. If the gum recession is more significant, you may require surgical procedures to help reduce the pocket depths and even to regenerate bone and gum tissue.
Surgery can remove any damaged gum tissue while bone grafts can help replace or regenerate lost bone. We can also use sophisticated regenerative materials that include proteins and special membranes to help encourage your body to naturally regenerate bone and tissue. If necessary, we can use soft tissue grafts or gum grafts to help restore lost gum tissue. This helps create a more pleasing appearance, protects the exposed tooth roots, and creates an environment that is easier to keep clean.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession can be caused by a number of different factors. One of the most common is periodontal disease, and some people are unfortunately more susceptible towards developing this condition simply because of their genetics. Sometimes gum recession is unrelated to bacterial buildup and can be due to over-aggressive tooth brushing, which erodes tooth enamel and gum tissue. If you do not brush and floss frequently enough, it makes it easier for plaque bacteria to harden into calculus or tartar. Calculus produces toxins and over time will lead to gum recession. Hormonal changes can increase a woman’s susceptibility towards developing gum disease as fluctuations in hormone levels increase the sensitivity of gum tissues, making them more vulnerable towards disease and gum recession. Other causes of gum recession include the use of tobacco products and habits such as clenching or grinding.
If you suffer from receding gums, in New York, New York, please contact our periodontists, at 212-759-7763. We hope to be of service to at D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C..