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Gum Recession

Wilshire Smile Studio 9 Gum Recession
Gum recession occurs when any part of the gums–the issue that surrounds teeth and holds them upright–starts pulling away from the teeth. If not stopped and measures taken to reverse the process and restore gums to health, teeth are likely to be lost.

The cause of this type of recession may be due to a poor bite, genetic, or possibly excessively hard brushing (receding gums due to bacterial infection is known as periodontal disease). The misalignment of teeth or the relationship between the upper and lower arches requires a consultation to decide what the treatment options are.

They might include Invisalign orthodontic trays, mouth guards to wear at night, crowns to fill in where teeth have been ground down, dental implants, or an orthotic splint. Where severe recession has occurred, our periodontist can do painless surgery to add more gum tissue.

Gum recession is a complex challenge that needs to be addressed immediately before more damage is done. Call Wilshire Smile Studio to make an appointment to have your oral health assessed: 323-DENTIST (336-8478).

Gum Recession

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Periodontal Disease is a disease consequence of poor oral health, drug consumption, and diet practices. This is a serious disease that may lead to tooth loss.

GINGIVITIS

Periodontal disease is a progressed form of Gingivitis. It starts with a buildup of bacteria and plaque within the gums and teeth. Over time, plaque becomes tartar and calcifies around the teeth. Without professional intervention and good oral hygiene, the gum becomes loose and falls away from the teeth and supporting tissues. Pockets form between the teeth and gums; creating a breeding ground for bacteria and further infection.

RECEDING GUMS MAY BE CAUSED BY A NUMBER OF FACTORS

  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Absence of tooth brushing and flossing
  • Hardened plaque buildup (tartar)
  • Smoking
  • Drug consumption
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hormonal changes (women)
  • Diabetes
  • HIV disease
  • Decreased saliva

According to the California Dental Association, receding gums are most common in adults 40 years and older. For this reason, it is often misconceived as a normal sign of aging. Also more men than women develop receding gums.

SYMPTOMS OF RECEDING GUMS

Some symptoms of receding gums my include:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pain at the gum line
  • Visible shrinking gums
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Loose teeth

DIAGNOSIS

Receding gums and other forms of periodontal disease are diagnosed by your dentist. A physical examination can indicate the problems. A probe (small instrument with measuring gauges) may also be used to measure gum pockets; this is a painless procedure that is routine in your periodic cleaning and checkup visits.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, normal pocket sizes range between 1 to 3 millimetres. Anything larger or deeper is a sign of gum disease.

Gum Disease is treated at Wilshire Smile Studio by our dental hygienists and our team of specialists.

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