When the tissue around your gums starts to wear down, your teeth can become more sensitive. This is a condition known as gum recession and may affect the quality of your smile. Receding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease or some mechanical or functional problems that must be addressed.
What Causes Receding Gums?
• Periodontal Disease
• Tooth Brushing Routine
• Poor Dental Hygiene
• Hormonal Changes
• Tobacco Use
• Grinding or Clenching of Teeth
• Crooked Teeth or Bite Misalignment
• Body Piercing
Gum Recession Treatment Options:
Pocket Depth Reduction
If periodontal disease has caused your recession, we will need to treat this infection first. During a pocket depth reduction, the gum tissue is folded back so that plaque and tartar can be cleaned out before stitching the tissue back in place.
This involves placing a regenerative material such as graft tissue or a membrane over the affected area to promote regrowth of tissue affected by periodontal disease. Such a procedure is often performed during pocket depth reduction.
Soft Tissue Graft
Once the cause of your recession has been treated, gum grafting procedures can restore your gum levels. The most commonly performed gum grafting technique is the connective tissue graft. With this method, donor tissue is collected from the palate and placed over the exposed tooth roots. Sutured into position, the donor tissue will integrate with the gum tissue at the treatment site over time. For some patients, gum grafting tissue is obtained from a tissue bank.
Importance Of Treating Gum Recession
When the gums pull away from the teeth, it exposes your teeth to a number of harmful and painful conditions, including gum disease, loose teeth, and increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Your gums will not naturally correct their recession with better home care.
If you are experiencing increased sensitivity, loose teeth, or can notice the gums covering less of your teeth, contact Dr. Mariana Conant, DDS to discover your options for gum recession treatment. To schedule a consultation, please call 203-692-4405.