From Diagnosis to Recovery: Managing Gum Recession

The health of your gums is crucial for supporting and stabilizing your teeth within the oral cavity. However, when gum recession occurs, it can significantly affect both oral health and aesthetics. Gum recession can be effectively treated by Rahul Chopra DDS if diagnosed early. Read on to learn more about this condition and the effective treatment options available. 

What is gum recession?

Gum disease, a serious infection of the gums, involves the detachment of supporting tissues from the teeth, causing exposure to the tooth roots. This heightened sensitivity to temperature changes can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the recession.

What causes gum recession?

  • Brushing too hard or too aggressively
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Plaque or calculus buildup
  • Periodontal disease 
  • Trauma or injury to the gums
  • Misalignment
  • Tobacco use 
  • Smoking 
  • Lip or tongue-piercing 

What are the symptoms associated with gum recession?

The most striking sign of receding gums is the exposure of the tooth roots. Other signs and symptoms may include:

  • Gnawing pain near the gum line 
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets 
  • Sensitivity when brushing or flossing teeth
  • Sensitivity during dental cleanings
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Aesthetically unappealing smile 
  • Loose teeth 

How do dentists diagnose gum recession?

Gum recession can be easily detectable during a standard oral examination. A periodontal probe (a specialized dental tool) aids in measuring the extent of gum recession on individual teeth. Additionally, it also helps measure the depth of periodontal pockets to evaluate bone loss levels.

How do dentists treat gum recession?

Gum recession treatment depends on the severity of the condition. The treatment options are as follows:

Mild to moderate gum recession

  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Scaling and root planning 
  • Dental bonding to camouflage the area of recession with tooth-colored composite resin. 
  • Orthodontic treatment like braces for crooked or rotated teeth causing gum recession. 

Severe gum recession 

  • Severe gum recession is usually treated through surgical intervention such as gum grafting. During the surgery, a graft is taken from other places of your oral cavity and used to replace your missing gum tissue. 

Gum recession, a common gum disease, can be successfully treated when identified early, halting its progression. However, if left untreated, gum recession can greatly affect your oral health and overall well-being. Familiarize yourself with its symptoms to stay vigilant and promptly seek dental care, ultimately improving your overall health.