How Does a Dentist Fix Receding Gums?

Receding gums is a common periodontal condition. Periodontal tissue, more commonly known as gum tissue, can gradually pull away from your teeth, leaving the roots of your teeth exposed. This can cause a variety of dental problems from increased sensitivity to loose teeth. 

If you are experiencing gum recession, you may be wondering why your gums are receding and what can be done to correct it. Here’s how a dentist provides treatment for receding gums


What Causes Receding Gums?

Gum tissue can recede for a variety of reasons: 


Can Gum Recession Be Stopped? 

By addressing the cause of the recession, the process of gum loss can be stopped. Removing plaque and calculus to treat gum disease, careful brushing and flossing, stopping tobacco use, and removing piercings can prevent gum recession from getting any worse and preserve the remaining tissue. 


Can Gum Recession Be Reversed? 

In cases of severe gum recession, the lost gum tissue may need to be replaced. One way to reverse the effects of receding gums is through a procedure called gum grafting. During this procedure soft tissue is taken from another place in the mouth and placed over the teeth where the gum tissue is missing. It covers the exposed roots of the teeth that may be sensitive and susceptible to decay. Once the gum tissue heals it provides better support for the teeth. 


How Can I Protect My Gums? 

To prevent receding gums and to protect the new tissue after a gum graft procedure, there are some steps you can take: 


Where Can I Get Treatment For Receding Gums?

If you have noticeable gum recession, South Florida Sedation Dentistry provides treatment. With gum grafting we can replace the lost gum tissue so that your teeth are less sensitive and better supported. Your smile may even be improved in the process. Our goal is to make your experience comfortable and relaxing while addressing your dental needs. 

Call 561-967-2001 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.