How Serious is Gum Recession?
Usually, when we think about oral heath, we think about things like holes in your teeth, rotten or missing teeth, getting fillings and falsies, or even bleeding gums. But today we’re here to talk about another problem that you may not generally consider: receding gums. Unlike a receding hairline, receding gums are not generally a genetic condition – although this may be a factor. What they are is an indication of a more serious condition, and is directly related to your oral health.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession is when you find that your gums are travelling higher and higher up your teeth – which can lead to exposing tooth roots. If gum recession happens very slowly over time, it can be a hard condition to spot. The most visible indicators of gum recession are sensitive teeth, and teeth that look longer, or the gaps between your teeth at the base are looking wider.
The best way to treat gum recession is to catch it early before it gets too bad. The best way to do this is by brushing twice a day, flossing, keeping good oral health, and going for regular cleanings at your dentist around twice a year.
During your dental check up, if you have receding gums then your dentist might recommend a treatment plan, of which there are a few options for this particular issue.
The first option is gum grafting. This is when some tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and grafted to your gum, to try and replace the missing part of the gum. They might also use a different material if the tissue from the roof is not viable for whatever reason.
If you have experienced bone loss as a result of gum recession, which can happen in very severe cases, you might need bone regeneration therapy. This is quite a tricky process and will require a specialist to perform the procedure.
As always, the most important part of your oral health routine is regular visits to the dentist. An experienced and reputable dentist will be able to spot problem areas with your teeth and gums and then recommend a course of action to prevent any further damage and fix and fix the underlying problems.
With our Dental Avenue dentists in Parramatta, we can help to assess whether you have receding gums and then set you on the right treatment course. We offer a range of general and cosmetic dental services for our customers and service the Parramatta area as well as surrounds. Look to us for all your dentistry needs. Book in an appointment with one of our friendly team today and don’t put off that dentist visit any longer!
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