Receding Gums

If you’re suffering from receding gums, it means your gums may be pulling away from your teeth. It’s a serious condition that can lead to the loss of teeth if you don’t act soon. People of all ages are at risk even when they practice good oral hygiene, but it’s often a symptom of advanced periodontal disease.

Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile can save your teeth and heal your gums if the condition is caught early enough. When your gums recede, it causes the roots of your teeth to be exposed. Exposed roots invite decay, as the roots aren’t covered by the same thickness of enamel as the rest of your teeth. Discomfort may drive you to the Soho boutique dental practice.

Because you may experience some swelling prior to your gums receding, your gums tend to feel tender. They may even bleed. A receding gum line can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. If left untreated, resulting tooth decay may also be very painful  because the pain comes right from the root of those exposed teeth.

Symptoms and Causes of Receding Gums

The first clues that your gums are receding are the symptoms of the condition itself. Dentist in NYC Dr. John can quickly tell if you have the early warning signs, which include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Teeth that appear longer than usual due to exposed roots
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Tender or bleeding gums

Determining the cause of your condition is the first step toward receding gums treatment. Some reasons may be obvious, while others may require more testing. The more common causes are:

  • Grinding and clenching your teeth while sleeping, while awake or both
  • Too-aggressive brushing
  • Ill-fitting partial dentures
  • Predisposition to periodontal disease
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Smoking cigarettes

Receding Gums Treatment Options

When you notice a receding gum line, Dr. John and his expert team at Sohosmile New York can help you determine the proper treatment. In some cases, it’s a simple matter. Other cases may need a bit more extensive — and invasive — treatment. Treatment options usually are based on the cause:

  • Injury to gums. Get an examination performed by best New York dentist who knows what to look for. He can confirm there are no foreign bodies lodged in your gums. Your treatment is then based on the severity of the injury.
  • Aggressive brushing. Switch to a brush with softer bristles and follow the instructions on proper brushing techniques.
  • Ill-fitting partial dentures. Refit or remake your partial dentures to eliminate the irritation.
  • Tobacco use. Quit smoking or chewing completely.
  • Predisposition to periodontal disease. Get a deep cleaning that includes scaling or removing the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and root surfaces. Root planing helps your gums reattach to your teeth. Laser gum surgery is another option.
  • Clenching and grinding of your teeth. This habit often requires you to wear a nightguard to prevent further damage.

Receding Gums Surgery

If your gums have receded severely, you may require receding gums surgery for one or more teeth. This procedure, called a gum graft, involves taking healthy gum tissue from other areas of your mouth — or using tissue from a suitable donor — and grafting it onto the places where your gums have receded. By repairing your receding gum line, the exposed roots are protected and your smile improves.

After your receding gums treatment, pay special attention to your gums so you heal quickly. This plan typically includes instructions such as:

  • Avoid tobacco use of any kind
  • Don’t consume any alcohol
  • Limit certain hard-to-chew foods