I Think My Gums Are Receding

Gum recession is an oral disorder where the gum tissues surrounding the teeth begin to wear away or draw back. As a result, more of the tooth's enamel gets exposed. Gum recession is a prevalent dental problem that can be rectified. A major reason for this condition is that most affected people are not aware of it, mainly because it occurs gradually.

At Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, we constantly work to prevent gum disease. Since gum recession can lead to future health difficulties, it is crucial to address the issue promptly.

Why Do Gums Recede?

  • Gum disease
  • Some people are genetically predisposed.
  • Aggressive tooth brushing that damages the gums.
  • Use of tobacco products.
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

How to Recognize if Your Gums Are Receding

It is important to acknowledge that it may not be possible to identify receding gums through just visual exams. However, some signs indicate your gum recession, including: 

  • Longer Teeth: If you begin to notice longer teeth while brushing, it may indicate gum recession. So set a dental appointment at the earliest.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Increased tooth sensitivity is usually one of the first symptoms of gum recession, and hence it should not be taken lightly.
  • Indentation at the Gum Line: An indentation at the spot where the gum line meets the tooth indicates gum recession which can be felt by touch.

What Is the Treatment For Receding Gums?

  • Prevention: Preventive measures can help reverse minor gum recession. It includes avoiding harmful habits, following healthy oral hygiene with regular dental visits. 
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics will help combat if gum inflammation has occurred.
  • Deep Cleaning: Gum recession can be reversed by performing a deep cleaning of the area where recession is taking place. This process includes tooth scaling, root planing, and smoothing of any exposed root area.
  • Pocket Depth Reduction:  We will clear out the bacteria during this process and then secure the receded gum back into place over the exposed root.
  • Regeneration: If there has been bone damage, the lost bone and tissue will have to be regenerated. We will first fold back the receded skin and then use a regenerative material to stimulate these tissues’ regrowth.
  • Soft Tissue Graft:It is not always possible to regenerate tissue. In such cases, we will perform a graft. For this purpose, we will take skin from the roof of the mouth or beneath the tongue to complete the graft.

If you are interested in learning more about gum recessions, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.