Gum recession is a process where you lose gum tissue over time. If left untreated, you can end up with exposed tooth roots, which can cause you extreme discomfort. Although gum recession is more common in adults ages 40 and over, it can begin as early as the teenage years.
Gum recession is far more common than you might expect. Your dentist will examine the area carefully to diagnose the underlying cause to prepare an effective treatment process. Once your dentist has determined what’s causing the recession, they’ll discuss treatment options with you. The treatment plan will be designed to stop the progress of the gum disease and prevent future infections.
The cause and severity of your gum recession will dictate treatment options. Your dentist will first be concerned with eliminating the cause of the recession.
For example, if your gum recession stems from overaggressive brushing, your dentist will first recommend a toothbrush with softer bristles and instruct you on how to brush effectively. When poor hygiene is the problem, your dentist will carefully clean your teeth and gums to remove bacteria. If the infection is severe, you might need to undergo scaling and root planing to clean out all infection.
Once your dentist has resolved the cause of your gum recession, they might recommend gum grafting or regeneration to help your gums return to their original strength and health. If your gum recession is caught early enough, you can prevent needing gum grafting treatments.
While you might see some extra tissue in the first few weeks after the procedure, your gums should normalize in appearance and feel healthy after about six weeks.