Gum recession is seen so commonly that many people believe it is just a factor of growing older. While receding gums may seem more prevalent with age, age is not necessarily the determining factor. Those with healthy teeth and gums, at any age, are far less likely to experience gum recession. Dr. Loren Frumker in Mentor, OH recommends regular periodontal maintenance as well as a proper daily brushing and flossing routine to avoid receding gums, especially for those patients who have a history of periodontal disease. If you are suffering from gum recession, contact our office for an evaluation.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
Periodontal disease is the most common reason for receding gums. As the bacteria that cause gum disease infect your gums, the tissues pull away and widen, forming pockets around the teeth. Gum recession can also result from hormonal changes, such as pregnancy. Any chronic irritation to the gums may erode your tissues over time, like that experienced with prolonged tobacco use or even body piercing. Unfortunately, even genetics often have a part to play in your likelihood of experiencing gum recession.
The Consequences of Gum Recession
Healthy gums must be maintained for proper esthetics and function.
• Receding gums expose more of your tooth surface to the bacteria that cause periodontal infection. Lower gum lines increase your risk of gum disease and decay.
• Gum recession makes the teeth appear longer by showing more of the tooth surface. Not only is it unattractive, it also has an aging effect.
Treatment Options to Correct Receding Gums
Before receding gum lines can be corrected, the underlying issue must be addressed. For those with periodontal disease, antibiotics, deep cleanings, or laser gum surgery may be recommended. Once the oral environment is healthy or the irritants have been removed, there are several successful treatment methods:
• Gum grafting techniques allow Dr. Frumker to take gum tissue from one part of your mouth and use it to cover the exposed tooth root.
• In a pocket depth reduction procedure, Dr. Frumker removes the diseased gum tissue and compresses the healthy tissue to the tooth surface.
Once the gums recede, they will not grow back. Call Dr. Frumker in Mentor, OH today to schedule your consultation for gum recession treatment.