Dental Problems

Receding Gums Treatments

Sealant-ApplicationReceding gums are one of the major problems which cause tooth loss. They are easy to spot as teeth look more longer than the usual and especially when you have a regular dental check by your dentist. The receding gum treatment may vary depending on the condition. Patients with gum recession may develop sensitivity and pain while chewing. If the condition is left untreated, then gum recession can result in bone loss and tooth or teeth loss eventually. In this article there is a brief discussion on the receding gums treatment.

Receding gums treatments

The cause of receding gums determines the type of treatment needed to fix the problem. For an example, gum recession caused due to improper bite can be made reversible with braces. Most often, gum recession occurs due to poor oral hygiene which results in gum disease or periodontitis, in later stages.

    • Thorough check up by your dentists:

      This is the first process in the treatment of receding gums. It is done by measuring the size of the pockets formed in the gums due to gum diseases. It helps to know how far the progression of gum recession has occured.

    • Oral hygiene:

      If the gum disease is caught at an early stage, it can be reversed by following careful oral hygiene. It includes brushing and flossing with proper technique. However, ensure that you don’t brush harsh;y or too hard, as the excessive abrasion will lead to gum recession.

    • Scaling and Root Planing:

      In advanced cases of gum diseases the treatment with good oral hygiene at home is not sufficient. Patients require scaling and root planing for the advanced treatment of receding gums. This procedure involves the removal of gum disease (bacteria, plaque and tartar) by scraping the underneath deep pockets of the gums. The the rough or damaged areas are smoothed over. The gums might be able to regrow and reattach to the teeth over time with proper treatment and care.

    • Soft Tissue Grafts:

      For severe cases of gum recession, soft tissue graft treatment is required. In this procedure, bacteria and plaque are scraped away from the diseased area. Then, healthy tissue will be taken from the other areas of the patients’ mouth, such as roof of the mouth. Later the healthy tissue is grafted on the damaged gums. The soft tissue grafts treatment requires a good recovery time and patients can be able to intake only fluids and very soft foods for a time period. Patients should follow the dentist instructions properly as it is very important especially during the healing process.

    • Regenerative Procedure:

      In few cases, dentists recommend trying the regenerative procedure for the receding gums treatment. In this treatment, a topical application is directly placed on the damaged area. This application consists of enamel matrix proteins derived from porcine, which helps in lost tissue regeneration.

    • Adhesive Technique:

      This is the newer experimental procedure, but it has not been approved by the American Dental Association. This procedure involves the use of a drill on the exposed teeth to roughen the smooth surface. Then an adhesive is applied on the roughen surface of the teeth and exposed to a special light (high-intensity light). Later another layer of adhesive is applied on the teeth. The idea behind it is that the adhesive will prevent further decaying of the teeth and the teeth structure will remain intact.

The above listed are the receding gums treatments based on the progression of the receding gums.

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