Gum Recession | El Cajon Dentist
One of the most common dental problems is gum recession, but it’s frequently ignored because it occurs slowly. But what is gum recession? It is the process of the gums pulling back from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth material than normal. Many patients first notice tooth sensitivity, or perhaps they notice a single tooth looks longer than the others. While gum recession is often painless, it should not be ignored.
Fortunately, receding gums can be treated in a variety of ways. Mild cases of periodontal disease can be treated with deep cleaning, where the plaque and tartar buildup is removed. In some cases, a periodontist may recommend pocket depth reduction, where the gum tissue will be folded back, cleaned, and then reattached to the tooth. In extreme cases, the periodontist may recommend the use of regenerative material (such as grafted tissue or regenerative membranes) to stimulate bone growth and ensure strong gums in the years ahead.
There are a handful of causes of receding gums – the most frequent, by far, is periodontal disease – bacterial infection within the gums that damages tissue and bone. Some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease, and may experience gum recession regardless of how well they brush and floss their teeth.
Other frequent causes include aggressive tooth brushing, tobacco use, grinding your teeth, and crooked teeth / general tooth misalignment , which can cause excess force to be placed on the gums, which eventually causes recession.
The causes and solutions vary. If you notice gum recession, or even unusually sensitive teeth, contact your dentist today for a thorough exam.
For more information on gum recession call Dr. Hunter in El Cajon, CA at 619-444-6157 or visit www.www.andrewhunterdds.com.
Dr. Hunter also proudly accepts patients from El Cajon, Santee, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, Granite Hills, and surrounding areas.