Dental gum recession is when the gums pull back from the tooth’s surface. When this happens, the receding gums create pockets between the gums and the tooth, allowing harmful bacteria to build up. Gum recession also exposes more of the tooth’s root surface, which in turn makes the surface area under the gums more vulnerable to bacteria. If there’s a prolonged presence of harmful bacteria, it can lead to tooth decay, gum infections, and even tooth loss.
The primary causes of gum recession are:
Gum recession is a slow process, so it often goes unnoticed until it has become serious. It’s important to diagnosis gum recession early on and start a treatment plan right away.
Symptoms of gum recession include:
A professional evaluation and diagnosis are required to know for sure if your gums are receding. Contact Coeur d’Alene Dental Center if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. We offer treatments for gum recession and comprehensive periodontal care. To schedule a consultation with a gum recession dentist, call us today at 208-667-7461.
The treatment plan for gum recession is determined by how advanced the condition is in the patient. Our dental team can treat even the most severe forms of gum recession.
In some cases, dental gum recession could be corrected by a deep cleaning session, also known as root planing or scaling. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area. Then, plaque and tartar build-up are scraped away below the gum line. This treatment promotes healing in the infected and receding gums by discouraging further bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
A dental deep cleaning will cause some discomfort after treatment so gums could be sore and swollen, and teeth could be sensitive for a few days afterwards. Consider using over-the-counter pain relievers for some relief.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the most effective method for preventing dental gum recession. It’s important to remember that regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are necessary to keep your gums healthy.
Other factors that help restore and strengthen gums are:
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