Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. This can cause damage to supporting bone. Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.
Many people don’t even notice that their gums have receded because it is a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods. If not treated, gum recession can eventually cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a gum tissue graft may be needed.
There are various techniques for root coverage: connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts and pedicle grafts. The technique chosen depends on the state of your gums. Dr. Oliveira will define and explain the best option for your particular situation.
Keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy is key to preventing gum recession. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, using the correct tooth brushing technique. And don’t forget: flossing daily cleans away bacteria and plaque that hide between your teeth.
Dr. Oliveira, Claudia, Raul or Marie-Lyne may be the first to notice an area of gum recession while examining your teeth. What’s more, professional cleanings can remove the tartar that your toothbrush cannot clean off. So, be diligent about scheduling your regular examination and cleaning appointments.
If you grind your teeth at night, ask our team about a mouth guard to help break the habit, and discuss tooth-straightening options for any misaligned teeth. Ultimately, keeping watch for the early signs of gum disease—such as red, swollen gums that bleed easily, or persistent bad breath—will help you catch any infection before it requires professional care.
Preventing gum recession is much easier and less costly than treatment for receding gums. So, if you have been lacking a home care routine or recent dental appointment, ramp it up! And call Oliveira Dental Clinic at the first sign of periodontal trouble.