Most people take good gum health are granted, only paying attention to their tooth health in Ajax. However, your gums are vital in supporting your teeth and protecting other structures around your teeth, including your jawbone. Unfortunately, gums can start to recede, for example, if they are damaged due to periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes gums to begin pulling away from the teeth and receding. One of the first signs you may notice is that your teeth have started to look longer because the tooth roots are exposed. Once gums have begun to recede, the gum tissue cannot grow back.
How to Tell If You Have Receding Gums?
As your gums recede, you may notice your teeth feel increasingly sensitive because the tooth roots are exposed, so it can become uncomfortable or even painful to eat and drink hot and cold foods or anything very sweet. You might also be able to feel a notch at the point where the tooth crown meets the tooth root. Other signs include gums that may frequently bleed in Whitby or look red and are tender to touch.
What to Do If You Think You Have Receding Gums?
If you are ever concerned about gum health, make an appointment to come and see us at Durham Dental Solutions. Our experienced dental team can check the condition of your teeth and gums, especially your gum health. It is important to seek treatment quickly as the early signs of gum disease are reversible. Otherwise, there is a real risk that the other structures supporting your teeth, including your jawbone and ligaments holding your teeth in their sockets, will gradually become destroyed, especially if you have periodontal disease in Pickering. Ultimately you may end up losing teeth.
How Can Receding Gums Be Treated?
The treatment suggested will depend on the extent of the recession. One treatment that may be recommended is scaling and root planing in Oshawa. The treatment is similar to a routine hygiene appointment but removes plaque and tartar buildup from below the gumline where your tooth roots have become exposed, deep cleaning your teeth and gums. After the plaque and tartar buildup are removed, the exposed tooth roots are gently planed or smoothed, a process that helps remove more infectious bacteria and the smooth surface makes it easier for gums to reattach to your teeth. The smooth surface makes it harder for new bacteria to adhere. You may need to review your oral care routine after this treatment to ensure you brush and floss thoroughly every day. After this treatment, your gums should gradually begin to fit more snugly around your teeth as they heal and can more easily fight the infection.
When a substantial amount of gum this tissue is lost, you may need a gum or tissue graft in Clarington. During this procedure, the gum tissue is taken from another area in your mouth and stitched over the area where the gum is missing. Several types of gum grafts can be used. The type suggested depends on how much gum is needed and the availability of gum tissue in your mouth.
When gum loss is more severe, you may need a tissue regeneration treatment. A membrane made from plasma-rich growth factors in Newcastle is applied to help encourage your body to heal more quickly after surgery. It is created using your blood and plasma, so it is completely biocompatible and very effective.
Preventing Receding Gums
Regular dental checkups in Brooklin are the easiest and most effective way to prevent receding gums, as we can soon detect the early signs of this problem and provide suitable treatment.