Dental Problems

Treatment for Receding Gums

The treatment for receding gums or gum recession differs from patient to patient depending upon the condition and the cause from which the infection has progressed. Let us examine some of the treatments for gum recession.

Treatment for Receding Gums:

  • Addressing the condition:

    The most important thing to do is to address the condition properly. Examining the overall condition of the problem will help in providing better treatment.

  • Fillings and crowns:

    These need to be properly corrected to prevent further damage to gums.

  • Grinding and Clenching:

    One needs to stop the habit of grinding and clenching the teeth, it helps to reduce the gum disease problems.

  • Use desensitizing agents:

    Dentists may prescribe some agents which help to desensitize one’s teeth. Most of these agents are available as solutions and should be applied to the affected area by using a cotton swab.

  • Toothpaste:

    Dentists might prescribe a toothpaste which is helpful in providing relief to the teeth.

  • Fillings:

    There are many types of fillings such as gold, or amalgam, which are packed in the tooth. This helps to repair gum recession.

  • Nutritional supplements:

    Some of them include vitamin B complex, vitamin c, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium which are prescribed by the dentist for the prevention of gum recession and repair of the gum tissues.

If the condition is due to the reasons listed below then different treatment techniques are used to prevent and repair the condition.

  • Overactive brushing:

    If patients develop this condition due to overactive brushing then they need to avoid harsh brushing and use a soft bristled brush.

  • Plaque formation:

    If this is the cause, then the patient needs to improve the oral hygiene along with prophylaxis (with professional dental cleanings regularly).

  • Tartar or calculus:

    If this is the cause, then scaling and/or root planning are necessary to repair the condition, which involves cleaning the teeth and healing the inflammation of the gums.

  • Malocclusion (incorrect bite):

    If this is the cause, then bite splint or bite adjustment (occlusal adjustment) is recommended.

  • Culture growth of one’s gums:

    New research has focused on culturing the patient’s own gum tissues by using the stem cells to replace the receded gums.

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