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Why Should You Not Delay Treatment for Gum Recession?

An up-close of a patients dental gums

If you've abruptly noticed your smile looking more "toothy," you may have issues with your gums. They may have lost their typical attachment to your tooth and started to shrink back — or recede.

Causes of Gum Recession

A great many individuals have some type of gum recession. The most widely recognized cause is periodontal disease. But, there are other reasons as well. You might be more vulnerable to gum recession due to heredity traits — thin gum tissues may have been passed down to you from your folks. You may likewise be brushing excessively hard and have harmed your gums.

Gum Recession Explained

Healthy gums are vital for overall dental health. The crown, the tooth's noticeable part, is covered with a hard, protective layer known as enamel. As the enamel ends where the root begins, the gums take over, shaping a tight band around the tooth to shield the roots from microorganisms and acids.

Receding gums uncover these spaces of the tooth intended to be covered. This can prompt another symptom — tooth sensitivity. You start to feel pain and inconvenience when you devour hot or cold foods. Additionally, as receding gums leaves your teeth and gums looking considerably less appealing, it influences your confidence to smile.

Coastal Periodontics Has Your Back

Luckily, Coastal Periodontics can help you fix your receding gums. In the event that you have gum disease, we are able to treat it as soon as possible. We do this by eliminating plaque, a thin film of microbes, and food particles that trigger the infection. We utilize unique strategies and hand instruments to eradicate the plaque and solidified plaque deposits called calculus from all tooth surfaces and the roots.  

Gum disease treatment can help halt and even reverse receding gums. At times, however, the recession may have progressed excessively far. In such cases, we may have to consider surgically grafting donor tissue to the recessed regions. Therefore, the earlier you reach out to a periodontist,  the better it is for your gums.

If you notice any symptoms of gum recession, book an appointment with Dr. Kate Wilson at Coastal Periodontics right away, and safeguard your smile before it's too late.

              

Posted on Jul 26, 2021
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