Gum recession can seem like it happens overnight because many people do not notice it until the signs and symptoms are evident. Gum recession happens gradually, though. It should not be ignored during any of its stages, including when it first starts. Why? A well-trained periodontist can help a patient reverse gum recession!
To recognize gum recession, you should learn what it is, what causes it, and how an advanced periodontist can treat the condition.
What Is Gum Recession and Why Does It Happen?
The gums play an important role in your mouth. They protect the teeth and bone by creating a special barrier. Without gums, your whole tooth, including the root, would be exposed to moisture, bacteria, and air. So would the bone in your jaw, as well as some of your oral nerves.
Gum recession occurs when the gums start to pull back from their protective position. Some of the reasons that cause gum recession include:
Heredity: Genetics sometimes can be a reason for gum recession. If your mother, father, or siblings have or had gum recession, you may be a candidate for it as well. In the field of periodontics, this can be referred to as “thin bone” or “thin gum.”
Improper Oral Care at Home: Aggressive flossing and brushing can wear down the gums.
Orthodontic Issues: Your teeth can move or erupt outside the bony house where they belong, causing soft tissue to settle or stretch where it does not belong.
Gum Disease: Untreated gum disease destroys healthy gum tissue. As the tissue becomes more diseased, the gums begin to recede.
What Does Gum Recession Look and Feel Like?
When you have gum recession, you will usually have several indications that your gums are not in proper placement.
- Your teeth seem to look longer over time. As the gums recede, the teeth begin to take on length.
- You have become more sensitive to hot, cold, and even sweets. For example, when you drink hot coffee, your teeth may hurt.
- Your gums may bleed or swell, particularly after brushing or flossing.
- You may feel that your smile looks uneven in pictures.
Each of these signs could point to one or a combination of many factors causing your gum recession, including some unique to your situation and history. Getting a diagnosis from a trusted periodontist will help you find out why your gums seem to be pulling back from your teeth.
At our office, Dr. Lauren Anderson will examine your gums visually and with the assistance of 3D scanning equipment. This allows her to recommend solutions such as soft tissue grafting.
Tell Me More About Soft Tissue Graft Processes!
There are a few types of soft tissue grafts that can solve gum recession. When you work with Dr. Anderson, she will suggest the one that is least invasive and best suited for your case. She will discuss the procedure from beginning to end and explain why she feels it will be advantageous for you.
Excellent care of your gums does not end with a gum graft, though. After undergoing gum grafting, dental patients often continue to visit Dr. Anderson, ensuring that both the patient and doctor are happy with the long-term results.
World-Class Gum Recession Treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dr. Anderson has dedicated her career to learning innovative periodontal procedures to help her patients. She has published numerous academic papers and given lectures in her field. She also has received countless awards including the Michigan Dental Association Young Dentist Award.
Instead of ignoring or “living with” your gum recession, you owe it to your health to get an educated opinion on ways to treat it. Call Anderson Periodontal Wellness at our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 or fill out an online contact form. You can put an end to your gum recession and open the door to a beautiful new beginning for your smile!
Dental patients who consider replacing their missing teeth with dental implants frequently ask one question right away: Will the procedure hurt? This makes sense. No one wants to experience pain during any dental treatment. Patients always become relieved when they hear that receiving dental implants can be a comfortable process when handled by a well-trained periodontist!
It should be no surprise that education and experience make all the difference. The more advanced a periodontist’s background and credentialing, the more insight and ability the periodontist can bring to each case. A confident periodontist knows not just the basics of placing dental implants but how to use advanced protocols and equipment to ensure the patient’s ease.
How Dental Implants Are Implanted
Although a well-respected periodontist will tailor every dental implant procedure, all single dental implant processes follow a similar pattern.
First, the patient receives the appropriate sedation method. Once the patient is sedated, the periodontist uses sterilized dental tools to make space below the gums and in the bone for the implant. Then, the periodontist places the screw-shaped implant into the bone, ensuring a tight fit.
When the implant has been placed, the surgical site is treated to promote healing. In a few months, the implant will be ready to receive the final restoration. (In some cases, dental implants can accept the load of a temporary restoration right away, giving the patient functioning teeth immediately after placement.) From pre-surgery to post-op, the patient’s needs, ease, and health remain top-of-mind. This improves the likelihood of an excellent—and comfortable—outcome.
Modern Methods to Ensure a Pain-Free Dental Implant Surgery
Sedation is not the only way to reduce discomfort! Well trained periodontists make use of 3D technology to speed up placement time, improve placement precision, and make the procedure more minimally invasive – even though it is still surgical. Oral exams augmented by digital scanners and 3D CT scans take only a few minutes but allow a periodontist to gather a wealth of data. The data helps the periodontist bypass nerves during surgery and make better surgical choices. How? It is sent to a lab where a surgical guide is created. The guide is customized to the patient’s mouth and lessens the “human error” factor.
This high degree of precision and planning can be so successful that some patients choose to forgo dental sedation in favor of local numbing agents.
However, for dental patients who still are worried about any potential pain, sedation helps keep a patient from experiencing pain or anxiety during their dental surgery. For those patients, here at Anderson Periodontal Wellness, we carry oral sedative and IV sedative options in house.
Feedback on Painless Dental Implant Surgery From the Patient’s Point of View!
Having a periodontist tell you that receiving dental implants is comfortable is one thing. Hearing it from a patient who has undergone the procedure is another.
We have had the privilege to place dental implants for many patients at Anderson Periodontal Wellness. In the case of Susan, she could only use her front teeth and was having sinus troubles after undergoing dental treatment with a different doctor. She came for a dental implant consultation with periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson because other doctors had told her she had few choices.
After meeting with Susan, Dr. Anderson believed that dental implant surgery was a feasible solution. The key was to regenerate the anatomy Susan had lost. This meant a sinus lift to recreate the missing bone. When the bone was strong again, Dr. Anderson placed Susan’s dental implants to give her a functional bite and beautiful smile.
Susan’s recollection of her comfortable, personalized journey includes nothing but praise: “Because of Dr. Anderson, I have teeth. And I’m forever grateful to her. I would do nothing but recommend anyone I know to her. And I’ll just pass the word that she’s the best in town.”
Learn More About Painless Dental Implant Placement in Bloomfield Hills, MI!
Have you hesitated about talking with a periodontist about your dental concerns due to worries about potential pain during or after dental implant placement surgery? Our team invites you to meet with Dr. Anderson. Contact our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI by calling (248) 480-4910 or filling out an online form. We would be happy to discuss your case and give you the honest feedback you deserve to make the best oral healthcare decision.