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!