Receding gums are one of the most common complications of untreated gum disease. If you think that your gums are starting to recede, it’s important to schedule an appointment at your dentist’s office right away. Receding gums aren’t just unsightly; they can also wreak havoc on your oral health. The most common treatment for receding gums is a procedure called gum grafting. To learn more about whether or not you may need a gum graft, contact All Smiles Northwest today.
Why do receding gums require treatment?
Your gums should completely cover the roots of your teeth. If your gums begin to recede, exposing the roots, it leaves gaps that bacteria can thrive in. This doesn’t just lead to tooth decay—over time, it can lead to tooth loss. As the gum tissue surrounding your teeth gradually disappears, your teeth no longer have the support they need to remain stable. The longer you ignore your receding gums, the more time they have to damage your health. That’s why you need to talk to a dental professional as soon as you notice any of the warning signs of receding gums—which include swollen or tender gums, loose teeth, and teeth that look longer than usual.
Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease.
- Aggressive tooth brushing.
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding.
- Misaligned teeth.
How is gum grafting used to treat receding gums?
A gum graft entails taking a piece of tissue from another part of your body—most often the roof of the mouth—and surgically attaching it to the affected area of your gums to cover the exposed tooth root. The grafting procedure can be repeated for any of your other teeth that have been affected by receding gums.
What are the benefits of gum grafting?
- It protects you from additional gum recession and bone loss.
- It prevents the roots of your teeth from becoming vulnerable to plaque.
- It reduces the tooth sensitivity that often results from receding gums.
- It improves the appearance of your smile.
If you’re in need of treatment for your receding gums, you can find the qualified care you deserve at All Smiles Northwest. Dr. Oh, our board-certified periodontist, performs all tissue regenerative procedures at our office. We provide exceptional dental care to the area of Everett, WA, as well as the rest of Snohomish County. For full-service dentistry for the entire family, call our office today at (425) 252-9333.
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