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Treatments for Receding Gums

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
Treatments for Receding GumsGum recession is the pulling back of the gum tissue, exposing more of your tooth or even the root of the tooth. When gum recession occurs, gaps or pockets form between the gum line and the teeth, making it easy for bacteria to build up. Left untreated, gum recession will cause severe damage to the supporting tissue as well as the bone structures. Eventually, you may have tooth loss. Most people do not know their gums are receding because the process happens gradually. When you notice your tooth looks longer compared to the others or you have tooth sensitivity, it may indicate gum recession. You will feel a notch near the gum line. You should not ignore gum recession, and that is why you need to see our prosthodontist for treatment in order to prevent further damage.

Treatment for Receding Gums

Our prosthodontist will determine the best treatment plan to help save gum tissues as well as the teeth. If an infection has been found in the gums, the specialist may prescribe antibiotics. Other medications may help treat underlying problems that are causing gum recession for example, antiseptic chips, topical antibiotic gel, and enzyme suppressants. Deep cleaning, also referred to as tooth scaling and root planing, is another option. The procedure helps get rid of plaque as well as tartar build-up beneath the gum line, allowing the gums to start healing.

If receding gums are in their worst case, surgery may be needed. A prosthodontist can perform flap surgery or grafting. In the former, it involves deep tissue cleaning after other treatments fail. Flap surgery eradicates bacteria and buildup of tartar in the gums. Our prosthodontist lifts the gums and cleans the area, and puts them back. Sometimes, your teeth may appear longer after the surgery because the gum tissue fits more closely around the teeth.

In tissue grafting, the prosthodontist picks the tissue for grafting from the mouth's roof and stitches it on the area of recessed gums. Another option is the use of removable veneers matching your gums. The veneers, often made of porcelain, help restore the gum line and appearance of the teeth. However, veneers are just a temporary option. Schedule an appointment with our prosthodontic team if you have receding gums.

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Frank Sallustio, DDS, 13802 West Camino Del Sol, Suite 102, Sun City West, AZ 85375-4486 | (623) 975-0796 | | 6/23/2022 | Tags: about us,prosthodontist,prosthodontist sun city west