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Receding Gums

Having problems with receding gums? Don’t worry. Gum recession is a common dental problem and can be treated as well as prevented.

Receding gums can be frustrating but most people don’t even know they have gum recession because it happens so gradually. A common sign of gum recession can be experiencing tooth sensitivity.

Receding gums become a health concern once the roots of your teeth become exposed which leaves your teeth at risk of decay, infection or even tooth loss. Like most oral health concerns it is best to visit the dentist as soon as possible. If you're experiencing problems with your gums you should book in to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Symptoms of receding gums

People who suffer from receding gums usually don’t experience any pain or concerns but they may experience some sensitivity. They also may notice that their tooth or teeth look longer than normal.

You may also experience:

  • Fear of losing teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold due to exposed tooth roots
  • Concern about the appearance of your teeth and the spacing

Gum recession can be a symptom of more serious dental problems including gum disease. They can also lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, as well as bad breath and bleeding gums.

Regular dentist checks and good oral care can help prevent receding gums and gum disease. If you are having problems with your gums, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Causes of receding gums

What causes receding gums? There are a few factors that contribute gum recession. It may be a due to brushing your teeth incorrectly or it could be the result of gum disease.

A common cause of gum recession is gum disease. Periodontal or gum disease is an infection in your gums that weakens gum tissue and its supporting bone.

Other causes include:

  • Your genes
  • Brushing too hard or incorrectly
  • Hormonal changes
  • Not visiting your dentist or hygienist frequently
  • Smoking
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Crooked teeth

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The price of treating receding gums will differ depending on the cause, as well as the severity. If the cause is more severe you will need more appointments to treat it and the cost will be higher. It is important to visit the dentist if you are experiencing any symptoms. They will be able to recommend treatment, give you an idea of the cost and in more serious cases refer you to a doctor.

Treatment may require a gum tissue graft which the dentist will be able to determine when you first visit them. The cost of a gum tissue graft will also differ depending on what is required to suit your needs. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimate of the overall price of treatment at your first visit.

There are a number of reasons that cause gums to recede. Some issues are more serious than others but many are unpreventable. You could be more likely to experience receding gums due to your genes or it could be an impact of gum disease or poor oral hygiene. If you are experiencing receding gums, you should book in to see a dentist as soon as possible. 

Often the first symptom people experience when their gums are receding is sensitivity. You may also notice your tooth looks longer or that the spacing between your teeth looks different.

Gum recession can often by symptom of a more serious concern such as periodontal or gum disease. If left untreated they can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, as well as bad breath and bleeding gums. If you’re experiencing symptoms you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.

In some cases, receding gums can be prevented. Looking after your oral health is important. The most common cause of receding gums is gum disease, usually due poor oral hygiene. Regular dentist visits and hygiene treatments are necessary. 

Brushing twice a day, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet and not smoking can also help prevent gum disease. 

If the cause is related to another health issue such as hormonal changes or genetics prevention might not be possible but seeking advice from your doctor is recommended as early as possible.

If you notice anything unusual about your teeth and gums you should always visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent future problems or your condition getting worse. Looking after your oral health is important and so is regular visits to your dentist and hygienist. Treatment  will usually vary depending on the severity.

Treatment may include:

  • Using desensitising agents or bonding agents to reduce sensitivity of the exposed root
  • Composite restoration to cover the surface of the root 
  • Orthodontic treatment to position your teeth over time and make it easier to clean your teeth
  • Oral surgery such as gum tissue grafting where an oral surgeon will graft tissue from somewhere else in your mouth

In most cases you can’t reverse your receding gums naturally. There are however many ways to prevent gum recession such as good oral hygiene. If your gums are damaged by gum disease or more severe dental problems, you will need to visit your dentist or oral surgeon for professional treatment. 

If your gums are damaged due to periodontitis or gum disease, it may not be possible for the gums to grow back. You can however help treat them and prevent the problem from getting worse. You should visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine the severity and the best treatment option for your needs. Treatment may include surgery or deep cleaning depending on the severity.

Depending on the severity of your gum recession you may require surgery to treat them. Mild gum recession can often be treated by your general dentist by deep cleaning the affected area, which might also be called tooth scaling and root planning. They will carefully remove plaque and tartar build up on your teeth and root surface below the gum line then smooth the exposed root area to make it more difficult for bacteria to form. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to get rid of any remaining bacteria.