Dental Gum Recession Treatment in Kennesaw, GA
Do Your Teeth Look Longer Than Normal?
This isn’t just your imagination. You’re likely suffering from receding gums.
Receding gums are associated with several oral health issues, including:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Infection and pain
- Erosion of the roots of your teeth
- Loose or lost teeth
Worried about receding gums? Been a while since your last dental exam? We want to ensure any concerns with your oral health do not go unnoticed or unattended. Schedule an appointment and let’s see what’s going on.
What is Gum Recession?
In simple terms, gum recession occurs when the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth begins to wear and pull away, gradually exposing more of the tooth and eventually the root of the tooth.
The receding gum can form gaps between the teeth and gum line that will make it easier for bacteria to build up and cause even more harm to the teeth and their roots, potentially even leading to tooth loss.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession is a gradual process. Many people don’t realize they have it until it’s progressed and possibly caused severe damage. Signs of gum recession can vary, but you may experience the following:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing & flossing
- Bad breath
- Teeth that appear to be growing
While the signs and symptoms can vary, the most common underlying cause is gum disease. Other common causes of gum recession include clenching/grinding, poor oral care, and tobacco usage
Why Does Gum Disease Cause Gums to Recede?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) occurs when bacteria-filled plaque and calculus build up along the gumline. This bacteria will slowly eat away at your gums, causing them to recede and your teeth to appear longer!
Tips for Preventing Gum Recession
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes
- Floss every day
- Avoid smoking, vaping, and tobacco
- Get your teeth professionally cleaned at least 2x a year
Gum Recession Treatment Options
On their own, receding gums will not grow back. However, with the help of our team, you can stop the problem from getting worse and reverse the issue entirely.
A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) is often a good first step and can cure your recession! This treatment stops bacteria and encourages your gums to heal.
If the cause of the recession is excessive clinching/grinding, a nightguard may be recommended to prevent further gum recession.
In some cases, a gum graft or other high-tech surgical treatment may be necessary to address the lost gum tissue and protect your teeth.
Put an End to Receding Gums
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