Gum Recession: Causes and Treatments
Gum recession can occur in patients of all ages, even those who take good care of their oral health. There are many conditions that can cause gums to recede, including periodontal disease and genetics. When left untreated, recession can lead to conditions such as dental sensitivity and tooth loss. At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., we offer a variety of treatment options for gum recession, from scaling and root planing to soft tissue grafts. Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clark Stewart can assess your periodontal health and design a customized plan to treat gum recession at our dental practice in Jackson, MS.
Gum recession is a common dental problem. However, since the process is gradual, many patients are unaware that their gums are receding until a large amount of tissue is lost. The main indicator of gum recession is dental sensitivity. You may also notice that your teeth appear longer than normal. You may feel a notch near the gum line. Dr. Parkes and Stewart can monitor your periodontal health at your biannual examination for the early signs of recession.
Causes of Gum Recession
There are a number of factors that can cause gums to recede. Some of the common causes include:
- Periodontal disease
- Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
- Ill-fitting dental appliances
- Misalignment of one or more teeth
- Trauma to gum tissue
- Smoking or use of other tobacco products
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Poor oral health
- Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
In some cases, lip or tongue piercings that rub against the gum line can also cause gum recession to occur.
Treatments We Offer
At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, we specialize in periodontal care and can offer a wide range of treatments for gum recession. Dr. Parkes or Stewart will examine your gums and recommend a treatment plan based on the extent of your recession and the underlying cause.
Scaling and Root Planing
For mild gum recession, a deep cleaning procedure by one of our dental hygienists can restore the health of your gums and encourage reattachment of the tissue. During a scaling and root planing procedure, your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces and then smooth the root area to discourage bacteria from collecting in the future.
Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is an advanced alternative to gum grafting. For qualifying patients, this minimally invasive method rejuvenates receding gums without scalpels or sutures, minimizing postoperative symptoms such as bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. It is a process of shifting existing tissue to cover recessed areas.
Early treatment of gum recession is the most effective way to avoid more serious periodontal issues.
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®)
LANAP is a minimally invasive technique that uses light energy to remove bacteria and encourage receding gums to reattach to tooth roots. This method can precisely target diseased tissue and, in some cases, promote new bone growth.
Soft Tissue Grafting
In cases of severe gum recession, Dr. Parkes or Stewart can perform a gum grafting procedure to replace lost tissue. We offer several forms of gum grafting procedures, including connective-tissue grafts, allowing us to tailor treatment to your needs.
Personalized Treatment Options
Early treatment of gum recession is the most effective way to avoid more serious periodontal issues. If you are suffering from receding gums, a treatment at Periodontal Associates of Jackson can restore both your oral health and the appearance of your smile. To learn more about the periodontal care services we provide, call our office at (601) 956-1230 or contact us online today.