What is gum recession?
Gum recession is when gum tissue surrounding the crown of the tooth recedes and exposes more of the tooth.
“Symptoms to look for”
Gum recession is a progressive condition and can be difficult to detect in the earlier stages.
- Increased Sensitivity
- Tooth Mobility
- Exposed root, tooth may look long
Gum Recession Causes
There are several possible causes for a receding gum line. Here are the most common.
- Periodontal Disease
- Natural Aging
- Aggressive Brushing and Flossing
- Genetic Predisposition
- Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Gum Recession Treatment:
Early detection and minimal treatment are ideal. The first step is to address the cause and develop a corrective plan of action. There are many treatment options for gum recession. Mild gum recession can be treated with scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. There are a few different types of surgical grafting options for more advanced cases of gum recession. Our office offers the latest techniques for treating gum recession. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is the most advanced, non-invasive treatment for gum rejuvenation. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, the Pinhole procedure requires NO incisions and NO sutures. The recovery is fast and the results are natural looking and long lasting.
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Is Gum Recession Preventable?
Gum recession is usually preventable if proper steps are taken with your oral hygiene. You should follow a health routine that includes brushing and flossing twice a day, and regular check-ups with your dentist. Cleanings at your dentist's office can help prevent gum disease, which is one of the main causes of gum recession. Along with a healthy routine, a healthy diet plays a huge role in your gum’s health. Eating healthy food and avoiding alcohol and tobacco products will help prevent gum recession.
Deep Cleaning for Gum Recession
Deep cleaning for gum recession involves scaling and planing. Scaling is when your dentist gets rid of plaque, tartar, and bacteria that are present on the surface and roots of your teeth. Then, your dentist will help smooth out the roots of your teeth so that they have an easier time reattaching to your gums through a process called planing.
These two processes do a great job in stopping the progression of any gum diseases that may be forming in your mouth. It also does well in preventing any further gum recession and significantly reduces your risk for tooth loss.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions in the gums to be made and with a shot for local anesthetic purposes, you won’t feel any pain at all.
After your gums are numb, your dentist will use a needle to make a small hole in your gums above the receding line. Then, a thin rod will be inserted into the hole to loosen up the gums. Once the gums are loosened, the dentist will use the same tool to move the gums into their correct positioning. Once they are in position, collagen strips will be inserted through the hole in the gums to cover the areas of the teeth that were once exposed because of the receding gum line. The results from this procedure are instantaneous.
At-home remedies for Gum Recession
There are some at-home remedies that you can try to help with your gum recession. Some of these treatments include:
- Eucalyptus oil
- Green tea
- Peppermint essential oil
- Aloe vera
- Omega-3 fatty acids
What happens if Gum Recession is left untreated?
Gum recession is a serious issue that should be handled in a timely manner. If left untreated, gum recession can bring on other serious oral health problems like bone loss, loose teeth, or even tooth loss.
Does Gum Recession cause tooth loss?
If gum recession is left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. If you are experiencing gum recession it is important to talk to your dentist to set up a treatment plan to ensure your teeth’s health.
Dr. Louis Siegelman is a board-certified Dentist and Anesthesiologist in New York City that has the skills and experience to make sure that you and your teeth are on the right track. Contact us at (212)-974-8737 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegelman.