Gum Recession

One of the defining characteristics of gum disease is the detachment of the gum tissue from the surfaces of the teeth. 

Adult man showing his periodontal disease before the camera

Gum Disease Symptoms: Treatment for Receding Gums

One of the defining characteristics of gum disease is the detachment of the gum tissue from the surfaces of the teeth. When this happens, pockets form along the gum line and trap plaque and bacteria, which further exacerbate the problem. Over time, the tissue can gradually wear away and result in a receding gum line. At this stage, patients are often advised to seek laser treatment. However, this will only treat the infection, not restore the gum line. Additional treatment for receding gums may also be needed.

Treatment Options

There are several methods of treatment for receding gums that are available for today’s patients. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the nature and severity of your condition. Some of these options include:

  • Reducing Pocket Depths – With this procedure, we will fold back the gum tissue to gain access to underlying deposits of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Once these deposits are removed, the tissue is placed over the tooth root and secured in place.
  • Regeneration – After a pocket depth reduction procedure, a regenerative material such as membrane or graft tissue can be used to stimulate regrowth of bone and soft tissue in the area.
  • Gum Graft – This treatment for receding gums involves taking a tissue sample from one area of the mouth and grafting it onto the gum line in need. This helps to raise the gum line to a higher and healthier level.

Preventing Gum Recession

Of course, treatment for receding gums is not necessary if gum recession is prevented. This can be done by following these steps:

  • Brush with an electric toothbrush at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings
  • Avoid tobacco products and oral piercings
  • Eat healthy
  • Monitor teeth grinding

Gum disease is one of the main causes of gum recession. If you are currently suffering from gum disease and are in need of laser treatment, contact us today!

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