Protect Your Teeth from Gum Recession

Gum recession is a gradual process that often goes unnoticed, and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other oral health problems. Fortunately, teeth damaged by gum recession can be repaired with restorative dentistry treatments. Whether or not you undergo restorative dentistry treatments, it is important to treat and prevent gum recession. The following overview will help you understand how gum recession occurs and how it is treated.

The Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull away from the teeth. Gum recession develops gradually and can go unnoticed for years. The earliest signs of gum recession include increased tooth sensitivity or the teeth may look longer than usual. Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons, including:

Treating Gum Recession

Gum recession is treated with gum tissue grafts to restore the gum line and prevent further damage. There are different gum graft procedures. The type of gum tissue graft used depends on the needs of the patient. The different types of gum tissue graft surgeries are as follows:

Recovering from Gum Surgery

Recovering from gum graft surgery generally takes one to two weeks, or longer depending on the type of graft and extent of treatment. After gum graft treatment, you will be given care instructions which typically advise eating soft foods to prevent gum irritation and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. It is generally not recommended to brush or floss the grafted area during the healing process, which is why an antiseptic mouthwash should be used.

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Don’t let gum recession go untreated! To learn more about your gum recession treatment options, schedule a consultation with University Dental Arts.

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