What are receding gums?
Receding gums are gums that have worn away from the tooth surface. As a result, the tooth’s root is exposed. An exposed root causes pain and tooth sensitivity to both hot and cold foods. Additionally, receding gums affect how one feels about their smile. Gums protect the mouth from bacteria, infection, and trauma. Therefore, gum recession is both a cosmetic and a medical concern.
What causes receding gums?
There are many causes of gum recession. The six main causes are:
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Wear and tear of the gums over time
- Diseases such as periodontal disease
- Hormone changes
- Grinding your teeth
- Misaligned/crooked teeth
Can receding gums grow back?
Receded gums cannot grow back on their own. Therefore, the only way to treat gum recession is with gum graft surgery.
Are receding gums bad?
Gum recession can lead to future dental problems outside of tooth sensitivity. When the gums pull away from the tooth, small pockets are created between the teeth. These pockets create a space for bacteria to buildup on the tooth root leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and possible tooth loss.
What is the treatment for receding gums? How do you fix gum recession?
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure to correct thin or receded gum tissues. At Fort Lauderdale Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we perform two different types of gum grafting procedures depending on the patient and their diagnosis. Above all, we customize your unique treatment plan for you to achieve maximum results with minimal pain and discomfort.
First, we offer the newest, state of the art, scalpel-free alternative to traditional gum grafting known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique. Often, this treatment works well for patients with dental anxiety about the pain associated with gum grafting.
Second, we also offer traditional gum grafting procedures. Your own tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth. It is surgically added to the receded area of the gum to cover the exposed root. In some cases, the graft may be taken from a donor source if the patient does not have sufficient available tissue.
Who performs a gum graft surgery on receding gums?
Periodontists like Dr. Camacho and Dr. Rosenbaum have received speciality training through a 3 year residency program to perform gum graft surgery. To read more about Dr. Camacho and Dr. Rosenbaum’s training click here.
How painful is a gum graft? How long does it take for a gum graft to heal?
The pain associated with gum graft surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. Remember, Dr. Camacho and Dr. Rosenbaum will work with you and personalize your treatment plan according to your specific needs/concerns.
Also, you will schedule several post-op appointments with Dr. Camacho and/or Dr. Rosenbaum to follow your healing.
Above all, patients are very satisfied with the results of the gum graft surgery. Regardless of whether a gum graft is performed to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive benefits of both an improved new smile and periodontal health.