Gum Recession Treatment in Philadelphia
Gum recession, also known as gingival recession, occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing the roots of the teeth. This condition can lead to sensitivity, tooth decay, and even tooth loss if left untreated. There are several treatment options for gum recession, depending on its severity and the underlying cause.
Symptoms of Gum Recession
Early treatment of gum recession is crucial. The longer you wait, the more severe the consequences, including loose teeth or tooth loss. Symptoms of gum recession include the following:
- Exposed tooth roots
- Discomfort or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Sensitivity when having teeth professionally cleaned
- Pain or sensitivity at the gum line
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods or sweets
- Red, inflamed gums
- Chronic bad breath
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact our office to schedule an evaluation. If we see evidence of gum recession, we may suggest one or more of the following treatments:
Scaling and Root Planing
This non-surgical procedure involves thoroughly cleaning the teeth and their roots to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can contribute to gum recession. Scaling and root planing help promote gum tissue reattachment to the tooth by eliminating bacteria in the gum pockets and creating a smoother surface on the tooth’s root to encourage reattachment of the gums.
Gum Graft Surgery
A gum graft may be necessary in cases of more advanced gum recession. During this procedure, a small piece of tissue is taken from another area of your mouth (often the roof of the mouth) and attached to the receded area. This helps to cover the exposed tooth roots and restore the gumline.
In certain cases, we may recommend regenerative techniques that encourage the growth of new gum tissue and bone to replace what has been lost due to gum recession. Gum regeneration is an emerging treatment option that has produced positive results for many patients and may include the use of human growth factors or regenerative proteins.
Preventing Gum Recession
Preventing further gum recession and promoting gum tissue health can often be achieved through good oral hygiene practices. You can greatly reduce the risk of gum recession by following proper oral hygiene measures and refraining from certain activities that lead to gum disease and can damage gum tissue. For example:
- Floss every day
- Brush twice daily for at least two minutes
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Rinse the mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash daily
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months
- Avoid tobacco use in any form
It’s essential to address gum recession early on to prevent further complications and potential tooth loss. If you notice signs of gum recession, our periodontists can evaluate your gums and suggest appropriate treatment options.
If you are experiencing problems due to gum recession, it is essential to contact our office at Philadelphia PA Periodontics Office Phone Number 215-985-4337 or use our online appointment request form to arrange a consultation.
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