Gum Recession Treatment With Less Pain
One of the most common dental problems we face is gum recession. It’s a condition that most people don’t notice because it occurs gradually. If you’ve noticed tooth sensitivity or that a tooth looks longer than normal, you may be facing it yourself. Gum recession may occur very slowly, sometimes over a period of years, and it shouldn’t be ignored.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is where the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away or pulls back. This exposes more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. Pockets or gaps are formed between the teeth and the gum line, making it easier for plaque and bacteria buildup. It can be caused by gum disease, aging, genetics, misaligned teeth, hormone changes (especially in women), and aggressive tooth brushing.
What you Should Do To Prevent It
To prevent gum recession, make sure you practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice daily with a soft bristle toothbrush and floss regularly. You want to rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. Most of all, make sure you maintain regular dental cleanings with your dentist.
If you grind or clench your teeth, consider getting a night guard. Grinding causes multiple tooth problems, and you can have a piece custom fit for your mouth.
Keep away from acidic foods and drinks since this can accelerate gum recession. If you must drink or eat acidic foods, make sure you buffer them with a neutral drink like water.
Sometimes an abnormal tooth position can trigger gum recession. Meet with your dentist to consider options in this instance.
Deep Cleaning: This procedure (also known as root planing) is where your dentist and dental hygienist use special tools to remove plaque and tartar build up on the roots.
Gum Grafting: This is where the patient’s healthy gum tissues from the palate (the roof of the mouth) is used to replace the missing gum tissues. In some cases, they may use a gum grafting material if healthy tissues can’t be found, or if there are other medical complications.
Regeneration: Gum recession and other factors could cause bone destruction in extreme cases. Dentistry surgical advancement now allows the periodontist to surgically implant regenerative material in the area of bone loss.
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST): Our office has an additional treatment option called the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST). Unlike gum grafting and regeneration, this technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free option. This means a faster recovery time and less discomfort after treatment. The procedure can take just a couple of hours. This technique uses a needle to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through his hole, the dentist uses special tools to gently loosen the gums and manipulate them back into place.
Make sure you see your dentist to evaluate your tooth and mouth health. They can measure the amount of recession to ensure your gums are the right height to keep your roots protected. Your mouth is a critical spot in your overall body health. Gum recession may be just the beginning of a more critical issue. Schedule your cleaning and evaluation today.