WHAT IS GUM RECESSION?
Gum recession is the process when teeth become more visible. This happens when the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth corrodes. When the gums go back, the space between the gum line and the teeth rises. That is a perfect place for bacteria growth. Another problem that may happen is over exposure of the root of the tooth that can lead to extreme pain and sensitivity of the tooth. It will also have a negative influence over the structure and bone of the tooth that can cause losing of the tooth.
WHY DO GUMS RECEDE?
The main reasons behind the receding gum are considered to be:
- Insufficient dental care
- Vigorous tooth brushing
- Hormonal changes
- Family history of gum disease
- Hardened plaque buildup (tartar)
HOW IS GUM RECESSION TREATED?
You are lucky if you are only mildly affected by receding gums. Identifying receding gums ate an early stage means that you likely won’t require professional treatment to fix it. With the help of your dentist you will know how to address this issue.
In case you need professional treatment, your dentist will determine the best course of action. The most common treatment for gum recession is deeper cleaning called a scaling and root planing. This is a frequent solution when your gum recession is caused by periodontitis. Another solution is to have a surgical treatment. This procedure will be done by your periodontist and is called a gum graft.