Receding Gums—Causes and Cures
Have you noticed that your teeth are more sensitive than they used to be? Maybe they even look a little longer? It definitely didn’t happen overnight, but you can tell there has been some changes in how your mouth looks and feels. Chances are your gums are starting to recede; and if left untreated, you can expect a whole host of other problems down the road.
Whether you’ve been referred by your dentist or made an appointment on your own, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to not only assess the severity of your condition, but also determine what is causing your problem. This extremely common dental issue can be traced to any of the following:
• Genetics: Unfortunately, this is the one factor you have no control of. Even if you take perfect care of your teeth and gums, some patients are predisposed to receding gums.
• Periodontal Diseases: Both gingivitis and periodontitis manifest themselves in the form of gum recession. These bacterial infections can even lead to bone loss and heart disease.
• Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy and menopause not only cause changes in the rest of your body, but in your mouth also. If you are in either of these life stages, a thorough periodontal examination is highly recommended.
• Poor Dental Hygiene: Failure to maintain a good home routine for dental hygiene that includes daily brushing and flossing can lead to the periodontal diseases mentioned above.
• Tobacco Use: Quitting tobacco use for good will not only reduce your risk of cancer and lung disease, it will also improve the condition of your entire mouth.
• Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Falling under the category of “too much of a good thing,” brushing your teeth too hard or at the wrong angles can wear away tooth enamel and damage your gums.
Once a diagnosis has been made for the cause of the condition, treatment can be prescribed and restorative measures can be taken. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. DeAndrade will begin by performing a root planing and subgingival scaling procedure. This effectively removes bacteria and tartar buildup and prepares the area for further treatment if necessary. For mild cases, that may be all that is necessary; but if your recession is exposing the tooth roots, additional steps must be taken to preserve your smile. They can include gum grafts or the cutting-edge Pinhole Technique ProcedureTM. Practically painless and able to be performed in one day without any post-op restrictions, the Pinhole Technique ProcedureTM is the ideal choice to return your gums to their natural position if you are a candidate.