Receding gums are one of the many damaging effects of periodontal disease. When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the gum line can shrink down the length of the tooth surface. This results from the infected gum tissue pulling away from the tooth roots. Unfortunately, the loss of gum tissue exposes more of your tooth to harmful plaque and bacteria. Gum recession cannot be reversed but it can be treated by Dr. Thomas A. Bissell, a periodontist in Chester, NJ.
Most Common Causes of Receding Gums
• Moderate to severe periodontal disease
• Neglecting your oral hygiene routine and checkups
• Improper brushing technique
• Smoking or chewing tobacco
• Clenching or grinding your teeth
Receding gums are largely preventable by performing the recommended twice daily brushing and flossing routine for your teeth and scheduling your regular checkups and cleanings from a dental professional. But what if you already suffer from receding gums? What can you do about it?
Treatment for Receding Gums
The first step in your treatment would be to address the cause of your receding gums. If your condition was caused by gum disease, for example, Dr. Bissell would likely perform a treatment to eliminate the oral infection before recommending a surgical procedure. There are three procedures to correct receding gums:
• Pocket depth reduction surgery allows our periodontist in Chester, NJ to eliminate the bacteria from your periodontal pockets, remove some of the infected tissue, and then reattach the gums to the tooth root.
• Gum tissue may be regenerated after a pocket depth reduction by inserting grafting tissue or tissue simulating protein at the treatment site.
• Gum grafting is a commonly performed procedure wherein Dr. Bissell takes tissue from a donor site within your mouth and attaches it over the exposed tooth root. The donor tissue integrates with the tissue at the treatment site over time.
If you are experiencing any signs of receding gums, call Dr. Bissell today to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. The preservation of gum tissue is vital to your oral health.