What Can I Do About My Receding Gums?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
What Can I Do About My Receding Gums?

The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Receding Gums

Do your gums appear to be receding? If so, you are not alone. According to one report, close to 88% of Americans ages 65 and older have experienced gum recession surrounding at least one tooth. This condition can occur in younger adults as well, leading to discomfort and sensitivity in the recessed areas. Fortunately, there are treatment options available for receding gums.

At Penn Dental Family Practice, our experienced periodontal doctors routinely address gum recession by utilizing the most advanced dental technology and methods of care. We strive to find the best gum recession treatment for each individual’s case.

The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Receding Gums

The cause of receding gums varies from patient to patient. Most often, gum recession is a result of:

Gingivitis: Plaque builds up on the teeth due to poor dental hygiene and leads to the inflammation of the gums.

Periodontitis: When the gums become chronically inflamed, they not only begin to recede but also may cause bone and tooth loss.

Brushing the Wrong Way: Those who brush to vigorously or with a hard-bristled toothbrush are in danger of accelerating the process of gum recession.

Tobacco: Smoking, chewing, and other forms of tobacco use can damage the gumline.

Trauma: Many teeth, mouth, and gum injuries have the potential to cause gum recession. Ill-fitting dentures can also impact gum health.

Genetics: Some individuals are born with weak or compromised gums, which makes them more prone to having receding gums.

Symptoms of receding gums are usually noticeable. A portion of the tooth root can be seen by the human eye when exposed by gum recession. Other symptoms may include:

  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Pain and swelling in the gumline
  • Bleeding and discomfort when flossing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold

Treatment for Gum Recession

At Penn Dental Family Practice, our doctors will always seek the safest, most effective treatment method possible for patients who exhibit receding gums.

Possible treatment approaches include:

Composite Restoration of the Gums: Your Penn dentist may suggest the use of porcelain or composite material in a color to resemble the natural gum line where the tooth root is exposed.

Gum Veneers: If the gums have receded extensively, then removable acrylic or silicone veneers can be made to replace the area where gums are missing.

Orthodontic Options: If the teeth are moved to a position that enables better access for brushing and flossing, further gum recession can be prevented.

Surgical Grafting: Our Penn doctors are skilled and practiced in grafting healthy tissue from areas of the mouth in order to heal the areas that are severely damaged.

Can Gum Recession be Reversed?

Once the gums have receded, they cannot grow back. The best way to protect your gums is to prevent further damage. In addition to applying best practices in oral hygiene to your daily routine, your Penn dentist may suggest also adding varnishes and other desensitizing agents to help reduce pain, sensitivity, and discomfort.

Make an appointment today to get your gums evaluated. Call our office at 215-898-7337.