Receding gums is a problem that occurs when the gum tissue around your teeth wears down causing the gums to appear to recede backwards. In the process, a larger area of the surfaces of your teeth become exposed, creating gaps between your teeth and your gum line.
Receding gums are a serious problem because this condition makes it easy for bacteria to build up in these gaps. If you do not do anything about your receding gums, eventually the roots of your teeth will become exposed causing pain and ultimately the loss of your teeth.
Here is what you should know about this condition and how we administer receding gum treatment to help restore your gums.
What Are the Symptoms of Receding Gums?
Although gum recession can become a very painful condition, most people who suffer from it don’t notice at first because it occurs gradually over time. However, if your teeth have become sensitive or they look larger than they did before, you should see a dentist.
Dental Procedures to Treat Receding Gums
Now that you understand the damage that receding gums can cause, getting treatment right away is extremely important. A dentist can treat this condition by using a deep cleaning process for your teeth, such as tooth scaling or root planing. Your dentist will begin by removing plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and root surfaces below the gum line.
However, if your gum recession has progressed significantly, a dentist may instead opt for surgery to repair the damaged caused by your receding gums. Surgical options for repairing receding gums include pocket depth reduction, bone and tissue regeneration, soft tissue grafts and more.
Dealing With Infection
If your gums have become infected as a result of the bacteria building up below the gum line, a dentist will need to first treat the infection to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body. Oral infections have the potential to affect other parts of the body and should be treated immediately. One of the major signs that your gums have been infected is pain or a burning sensation. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek urgent care.
Preventing gum recession is always a better option than finding a cure. That is why it is important that you make sure to see a dentist for regular checkups and maintain a proper oral hygiene. This not only helps to prevent receding gums but other oral diseases, as well.
If you have any questions or enquiries, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call us today on (03) 9939 0323. Lygon Family Dental truly cares about you and your family members and we’re here to help you with all of your dental needs.