Gum recession – what it is and what you can do about it
either through the wearing down of the tissue or because it is shrinking, exposing the roots of the teeth. At Elite Perio, gum recession is a problem we commonly see in patients who come to us for specific procedures. We can do several things to assist with the problem and repair any damage done by long-term gum recession.
Why do gums recede?
The main cause of gum recession is gum disease although there are other conditions that can cause it. Preventing gum disease is a matter of good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Some recession is a natural part of aging especially during periods of hormonal change like menopause. Whatever the cause, the periodontist in Perth is usually able to provide a solution.
What problems can gum recession cause?
Minor recession is not much of a problem. If the gums are allowed to advance quite far, however, this can cause extra sensitivity in the teeth, increase your risk of infection and eventually lead to tooth loss. In the meantime, your teeth can also look unsightly and unhealthy. Gum recession tends to expose the gaps between your upper teeth and these can trap food, leading to hygiene and breath issues.
Spotting gum recession
One of the major concerns when it comes to gum recession is that it happens gradually. Most people don’t even spot that their gums have started to recede until the problem is quite advanced. Your dentist can keep an eye on your teeth and spot gum recession before it is noticeable to you. That’s why it’s important to keep up with your regular appointments.
What can the periodontist in Perth do to help?
If you already have gums that have receded far enough to cause you a problem, the periodontist in Perth may be able to offer you a gum graft to recover your teeth. This can help to prevent some of the more serious problems associated with gum recession, like tooth loss. The procedure is relatively simple and can be completed in a single appointment after you have had a consultation with Elite Perio.