Gum Recession

Gum recession can be affecting one tooth to multiple teeth in the mouth depending upon the severity. It is important to treat gum recessions properly and at the earliest. Contact us with your specific questions.

Gum recession is characterized as retraction of gum line from its position so that it leads to exposure of root portion of the teeth. Gum recession depends upon the bone level i.e., level of the alveolar bone and hence the attached gingiva. It can be affecting one tooth to multiple teeth in the mouth depending upon the severity.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Improperly aligned teeth
  • Aggressive brushing
  • Flossing vigorously
  • Faulty habits like digging sharp objects
  • Alveolar bone loss
  • Loss of attachment of gums to the underlying bone
  • Trauma due to occlusion
  • Periodontitis
  • Piercings on the lip and tongue.
  • Grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • Hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy)

Symptoms of Gum Recession

  • Gum recession can lead to sensitivity of the teeth, to hot or cold food due to exposed root surface.
  • Tooth loosening into its socket.
  • Caries into the cervical area of the teeth due to food or plaque getting enlodged in the gap between the tooth and the gums.
  • Teeth appear longer due to exposed root surface.
  • Gum bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Bad breath.
  • Abrasion of teeth.
  • Smoking and tobacco products.

Home Care for Gum Recession

  • If aggressive brushing is the cause, please follow a proper brushing technique.
  • Vigorous movements wile brushing should be avoided. Proper flossing and dental care must be followed.
  • Improving oral hygiene is a very important step in maintaining good gum health.
  • Following a strict maintenance program is advised.

Treatment for Gum Recession

Treatment of the gum recession depends upon the etiology and severity of the condition and it can be corrected various ways.

  • Regular dental visits are important. Teeth must be cleaned thoroughly by a dental professional.
  • Control accumulation of plaque and calculus.
  • Smoking and use of tobacco products must be stopped.
  • Correction of malocclusion by orthodontic treatment.
  • Correction of tooth brushing technique.
  • Dentinal sensitivity must be treated.
  • Treat occlusal trauma
  • Restorations of teeth.
  • Prosthesis, if needed.
  • Prevent further progression of recession.
  • Surgical procedures are initiated by placement of graft over the exposed surfaces of the root.

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Dr. Venkat and his dental team carried out all the necessary procedures in a very professional manner within the ten day period on a hygienically up to date clinical environment. One thing I noticed during my time at the clinic, highly appreciated and grateful for that when I stand in front of a mirror now, was the time spent by Dr. Venkat on various fittings and adjustments to achieve his vision on how my set of teeth should look after the procedure. It felt like I am observing an artist who is completing a great art work.- Mr. Peter, Australia


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