Gum Recession in Hendersonville, NC
Gum recession, or receding gums, is a very common symptom of gum disease and occurs when bacteria destroys soft tissue and exposes the roots of the teeth. Gum disease needs effective, professional treatment to prevent it from getting worse. Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in Asheville, NC help their patients avoid tooth and bone loss with gentle, state of the art gum disease treatment.
Gum recession happens over time, often with little notice at first. At some point, patients will start to notice extra space or gaps between their teeth which may also start to look larger than normal or appear misshaped. Dents and notches near the gum line are also common and the teeth may feel more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Gum recession also puts teeth at a greater risk of becoming decayed and loose.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum disease is often the reason why patients seek treatment for gum recession. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that eats away at healthy gum tissue and, without intervention, can eventually cause tooth loss and bone deterioration
Sometimes gum disease and gum recession are a genetic matter, but more often than not, it is the result of poor dental hygiene. Bacteria and plaque can only be removed with consistent brushing and flossing at home and regular cleanings with a dental professional.
Hormonal changes can also make some women more susceptible to gum sensitivity and periodontal disease. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco also leads to excess plaque, making it harder to keep the teeth clean. Chronic tooth grinding and clenching can also cause the teeth to shift and the gum line to change shape. Misaligned teeth and an uneven bite can lead to some recession as well, and patients who wear piercings in their mouth may experience gum irritation and recession.
Gum Recession Treatments
Receding gums caused by gum disease can be successfully treated with a variety of remedies. The gum disease itself must first be treated with either scaling and root planing, osseous surgery
, laser surgery, or possibly antibiotic therapy. Pocket depth reduction is another method in which bacteria is removed and is sometimes followed by a bone graft or the addition of proteins that are designed to stimulate tissue and bone. Soft tissue grafts are a gum recession treatment option and involve removing soft tissue from the mouth, or obtaining donor tissue from a bank, and using it to lengthen the gums, replacing lost tissue.
If you have gum recession, gum disease might be the reason. Gum disease is treatable! Please call
Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in Henderson, NC today for your friendly, personalized consultation.