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Loss of gum tissue can cause discomfort and pain, as well as making the individual feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Fortunately, there is often a way to treat this issue. Receding gums treatment is most often performed by a specialist periodontist or a dentist with a special interest in Periodontics, in order for it to be safe and effective.
Gum recession can be caused by a number of issues. The most common causes are:
It is not always easy to spot the signs of receding gums, as often it happens slowly over a long period of time. However, your dentist may be able to identify receding gums in their early stages. Some symptoms to look out for are loose teeth, exposed roots, a rough tooth texture along the gum line, teeth appearing longer than usual, and increasing gaps in the teeth. Additionally, patients may notice signs that could seem unrelated. These include sensitive teeth, sore or swollen gums, bleeding from the gums, and also bad breath.
Receding gums treatment can vary depending on the cause of the problem and its severity. Our dentist with a special interest in Periodontics will be able to identify and treat the issue accordingly.
Scaling and root planing: This is a non-surgical treatment for mild gum recession. This technique provides deep cleaning of the root surfaces. This will help to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up in an attempt to halt the gum recession.
Gum Grafting: If less invasive methods fail then a surgical procedure may be needed. Gum grafting is a technique used by a periodontist to rebuild the gum tissue. This is achieved by removing tissue from another part of the mouth (usually the roof of the mouth) and transplanting it onto the affected gum receded area.
Preventing this issue in the first place is always preferable. Therefore, there are certain actions individuals can take to try and stop the issue from developing. These include:
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