The gums play a significant role in protecting the teeth and the bones that support them. When the gums recede, more of your teeth and roots become exposed. This creates an opportunity for the bacteria to attack the roots. If left untreated, it can result in tooth decay and, eventually, tooth loss. Unfortunately, the gum tissues cannot regrow after the recession. The good thing is that some dental procedures can help prevent receding gums from worsening. Depending on the cause and severity of gum recession, the dentist might recommend treatment options such as:
Deep cleaning is effective for mild gum recession. This may include scaling and root planing. In most cases, gum recession occurs due to gum diseases, which result from plaque and tartar buildup. During a deep cleaning, the dentist removes any build-up on the teeth and the root's surface. The exposed teeth' roots are then smoothened, making it challenging for the bacteria to attach themselves. The dentist may also apply antibiotics gel to kill the hard-to-reach bacteria.
The dentist may recommend bone regeneration if the bone supporting the teeth is damaged following gum disease. This process is similar to scaling and root planing, but in addition to removing plaque and tartar, the dentist applies a material such as tissue-stimulating protein or graft tissue to encourage your body to regenerate bone naturally.
If you lose too much of the gum tissues as a result of gum recession, a gum graft may be vital to restoring the gums. The dentist may remove tissues from the roof of the mouth and stitch them to the gum tissue surrounding the receded gums. Alternatively, the dentist can graft gum tissues from other areas of the gums. Schedule an appointment with our dental team if you have questions or concerns regarding the health of your gums.
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