Many people don’t realize they suffer from gum recession because the changes occur gradually, and there are often no associated symptoms. This is why regular dental checkups are so important.
The following symptoms may be indicative of gum recession:
- Sensitive teeth
- Visible roots
- Longer-looking teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath), inflammation and bleeding
Causes of Gum Recession
Dentists diagnose and treat gum recession regularly, and it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis so the underlying problem leading to the recession can be treated.
The most common causes of gingival recession are:
- Overaggressive brushing
- Poor oral hygiene
- Chewing tobacco
- Periodontal disease
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Treatment of Gum Recession
If the gums have eroded due to overaggressive brushing, the Dr. Brusky or his hygienist will recommend using a softer toothbrush and a more gentle brushing technique. Those with poor oral hygiene will receive a professional cleaning to remove debris and bacteria. If the patient has severe tartar buildup, scaling and root planing will be used to heal the inflammation, clean the teeth, and prevent further buildup.
What Happens After Gum Disease Has Been Detected?
After the cause has been addressed, surgery can restore the gum line. Tissue regeneration or grafting offer excellent results to restore the beauty of the gum line and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease, periodontal treatments, or gum recession, please ask your dentist.
Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky and his skilled team at The Center for Dental Excellence, provide patients in the De Pere, Pulaski, Seymour and Shawano areas with a host of dental services. If you need treatment for gum recession, schedule an appointment today by calling (920) 662-1440.