You’re brushing your teeth, and you’re a bit startled by what you happen to see in the mirror. Your mouth looks different than it used to: Your teeth look a bit longer, and your gums appear inflamed. These are signs that your gums are starting to recede.
There could be a few reasons for this, such as poor oral hygiene and genetics. Unfortunately, you can’t replace lost gum tissue. But when you catch gum loss early, you can slow down or even halt the process.
Brennan Bonati, DDS, and our team at Mountain Peak Dentistry help patients every day who are in your situation. We offer a few things you can do about your receding gumline.
One way to keep your gums from receding is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes flossing regularly and brushing gently. You should also visit us at Mountain Peak Dentistry twice a year for cleaning.
Buy a high-quality toothbrush and replace it or the bristles every month. An old, worn brush head can damage your gums. You should also use a gentle toothpaste. Especially avoid anything designed for tartar control, as they tend to be gritty and too abrasive for your sensitive gums.
Scaling and root planing
If you notice that your gums have already receded, then you’ll want to visit us at Mountain Peak Dentistry. Dr. Bonati inspects your teeth and gums for signs of bacteria in the crevices created by receding gums.
If there are bacteria present, then you may need scaling and root planing. This procedure, commonly performed with a handheld device, scrapes tartar from your gumline, and from under the gumline as well. Dr. Bonati may also use an ultrasonic device that sends out waves to break up the tartar.
In some cases, Dr. Bonati applies a slow-release antibacterial gel under the gumline. Taking these steps can slow down or even halt the receding of your gums. Though to maintain these results, of course, you need to follow good oral hygiene.
If your condition is beyond the scope of noninvasive treatment, you may need a surgical approach. There are three types of treatments available, and Dr. Bonati can determine which one is right for your situation.
To perform flap surgery, Dr. Bonati makes a small incision in the gum tissue. Then he lifts the gum tissue and cleans the plaque and bacteria that weren’t removed during scaling and root planing.
Once your gums are completely clean, he secures your gum tissue back into place. This procedure will also help to prevent bone loss.
In a gum graft, healthy gum tissue taken from the roof of your mouth is placed over the receding area. This prevents future damage and protects your root by thickening the overlying gum.
There are a variety of gum graft procedures and methods available. Dr. Bonati discusses these and works with you to decide which one will best treat your receding gums.
A bonding procedure requires placing gum-colored resin over your affected tooth roots. This hides the look of receding gums and protects your teeth and sensitive roots.
Schedule your gum consultation today
If you see your gums receding, it’s best to take action now. The sooner your receding gums are addressed, the less likely you’ll need aggressive treatments.
Dr. Bonati and the team at Mountain Peak Dentistry can help you to restore your healthy and happy gums. Give us a call, send us a message here on our website, or use the Book Online button to set up your appointment to have your gums evaluated and treated.