Gum recession often goes untreated due to its late diagnosis and is more prevalent in adults. Tooth sensitivity is an early sign of gum recession, with the main treatment options being gum grafts and deep cleanings. In most cases, gum recession is only detected once the patient notices visible signs of receding gums and an indentation that can be felt when touching the area.
Causes of Gum Recession
Gum recession is mainly caused by gingivitis (a more advanced stage of this gum disease is known as periodontal disease). The tooth root is often exposed when the gums recede, leading to higher tooth sensitivity. Gum recession is irreversible, but you can halt its progress with early treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Recession>
Scaling and root planing allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line. Plaque and tartar can harbor harmful bacteria and may not be easily reachable with regular brushing. The procedure is also known as deep cleanings and is great for getting to these harder-to-reach spaces, and your dentist may recommend it if you are suffering from early stages of periodontal disease.
Gum Graft Surgery for Gum Recession
Gum graft surgery is a popular option for preventing further gum recession as it uses healthy tissue from other parts of your mouth. It has a high success rate as the healthy tissue is reattached to the treated area. Patients can expect to fully recover within two weeks of getting gum graft surgery. The procedure is also quick, with your dentist completing the entire procedure within the same appointment.
Lifestyle Habits to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Patients can implement healthier lifestyle habits to prevent gum recession. Receding gums can be caused by bad dental regimens that allow the development of periodontal disease. By changing your diet and brushing after meals, patients can drastically reduce their risk of receding gums.
At Beach City Dental, we provide our patients with various treatments for gum recession. If you want a healthier smile and are in Huntington Beach, CA, or its surrounding areas, consider coming into our dental clinic.