Understanding Gum Recession: A Helpful Guide at Mesa Street Dental

Gummy Smile After Crown Lengthening Surgery

Gum recession is a dental issue that occurs quietly, often unnoticed until it becomes a significant concern.

It involves the gum tissue around the teeth wearing away or pulling back, exposing more of the tooth or its root. This can lead to sensitivity, an increased risk of decay, and aesthetic changes.

At Mesa Street Dental, we emphasize not only treating gum recession but also educating our patients on its causes, prevention, and the advanced treatment options available.

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The Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can be attributed to various factors, each impacting your oral health differently:

  • Periodontal Diseases: The leading cause, these infections destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone.

  • Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too hard can wear away the gums.

  • Poor Dental Care: Insufficient brushing, flossing, and skipping dental check-ups allow plaque to build up and harden.

  • Tobacco Use: Regular use of tobacco products contributes to sticky plaque, which can lead to recession.

  • Genetics and Hormonal Changes: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to gum disease, and hormonal changes can make gums more sensitive.

Preventing Gum Recession

Prevention focuses on good oral hygiene and lifestyle adjustments:

Treatment Options at Mesa Street Dental

Mesa Street Dental tailors treatment to each patient’s specific needs, offering a range of options:

  • Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing): Removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line.

  • Gum Graft Surgery: For severe cases, this surgery covers exposed roots and restores the gum line.

  • Pinhole Surgical Technique: A minimally invasive option that repositions the gum tissue.

  • Regenerative Procedures: Aimed at restoring lost bone and tissue in cases of bone loss.

Gum recession is manageable and treatable, especially with prompt and proper care.

At Mesa Street Dental, we’re committed to providing our patients with the knowledge and treatments necessary for maintaining healthy gums.

Whether you’re looking to prevent gum recession or require treatment, our team is ready to assist you. Schedule a consultation today and take a significant step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.