Gum recession is one of the outcomes of periodontal disease but can also be caused by bad oral hygiene or a bad tooth brushing technique. If you have tongue piercings, suffer from bruxism, or you have a misaligned bite, you may experience some degree of gum recession. For many patients, receding gums can make them feel self-conscious about their smile and lower their self-esteem.

Factors That Cause Gum Recession

There are many factors that can cause receding gums. Some of these factors include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Inadequate or insufficient preventive care
  • Hormonal fluctuations caused by puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
  • Body piercing in the lip or tongue
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Gum Recession Treatment Options

If you have gum recession that is a result of periodontal disease, a dental professional can provide a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar buildup around the tooth and root surfaces below the gum line. In some cases, antibiotics are also administered to reduce harmful bacteria remaining in the spaces between your teeth and gums.

If you have gum recession due to periodontal disease, mechanical, or functional factors, your dentist may recommend surgery to repair the damaged gum tissues. These procedures include:

  • Pocket Depth Reduction - A gum doctor will fold back the affected gum tissue to remove the harmful bacteria from the pockets and then secure the gum tissue in place over the tooth root.
  • Regeneration - After a pocket depth reduction procedure, the doctor can use a regenerative material such as a membrane, graft tissue, or tissue-stimulating protein to promote natural bone and tissue regeneration in the affected area.
  • Soft Tissue Graft - Grafting procedures involve applying tissue grafts from the mouth or a donor graft to the affected area to encourage gum tissue regeneration.
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Preventing Gum Recession

Taking good care of your mouth and sticking with a good oral hygiene regimen will help to prevent gum recession. Some other preventive measures include:

  • Seeing your dentist or periodontist on schedule
  • Quitting smoking/tobacco use
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Using the proper tooth brushing technique
  • Correcting a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems
  • Monitoring changes occurring in your mouth

For many patients, this gum recession treatment can beautify the smile and restore self-confidence when smiling. Learn more about Gum Recession Treatment for gum recession by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Shilpa Koneru in Raleigh, NC today.