When your gums recede, this could make your teeth appear long or uneven. But in addition to the esthetic issues, this could also mean a high risk for periodontal disease! Without treatment, this could even increase the risk of missing teeth. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about treating gum recession.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Why do our gums begin to recede? Minor recession could occur due to people brushing their gums too hard, but severe cases are often linked to periodontal disease. When our gums become inflamed, which causes them to bleed, feel sore, or look red, this could mean gingivitis and without treatment, the early stages of periodontal disease. Factors behind it include improper brushing and flossing and infrequent dental cleanings, as well as a diet high in sugar and starch. These factors allow plaque buildup to form and inflame the gingival tissues. Once the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets, bacteria could infiltrate them and cause periodontal disease. At this stage, symptoms could worsen and recession could follow!
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
While gingivitis can be reversed, periodontal disease cannot. But treatment to manage the disease is very important, as the disease could eventually reach a stage known as periodontitis, in which the tissues connecting the teeth and gums begin to dissolve, leading to loose and eventually missing teeth. Don’t let the stabilities of your smile suffer, as tooth loss is linked to problems eating and speaking, and even the onset of an aged appearance. You should contact our team and schedule a consultation, so we can talk to you about your oral health habits, and examine your smile with advanced imaging software to understand the factors behind your receding tissues.
Possible Treatment Options
For minor cases, we could use a scaling and root planing to remove buildup from the teeth and roots in one visit, or up to four, depending on how severe the actual buildup is. This helps reverse the minor recession. We could also offer gum grafting surgery, in which we attach new tissues to cover the exposed parts of your smile. This helps improve smile beauty and allows you to begin managing the disease with routine cleanings from your general dentist.
If you have any questions about how to improve the health and beauty of your smile with periodontal treatment, then contact our team today to learn more. We want you to smile with confidence for years to come!
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA Dentist About Good Gum Health
We would like to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid the symptoms of disease. If you would like to learn more about treating gingival issues, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.