Gum Recession Treatment
When you look at your smile in the mirror, do your teeth look longer than in the past? Are you experiencing more discomfort or sensitivity of the tooth where it meets the gum line? If the answer is yes, you could have a receding gum line, which will not only impact your smile’s appearance but could also be a symptom of declining oral health. If you believe you have a receding gumline and are in the Tampa, Florida area, Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda Del Cueto would love to talk to you about this condition and provide the necessary treatment at Gentle Dentistry to treat your gum recession.
What Causes Receding Gums?
A common misconception about receding gums is that they are only caused by developing gum disease or old age. And yes, while periodontal disease is a leading cause of receding gums, this condition can be the result of many other factors, including:
- Inflammation brought on by a buildup of plaque and tartar at the gum line, which can be the result of poor at-home dental hygiene or missing regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings
- Inflammation of the gums brought on by chronic teeth clenching and grinding, called bruxism. This constant excessive force brought onto the teeth can lead to gum recession
- Hormonal fluctuations which can occur in women during pregnancy, puberty, or menopause
- Genetics can play a factor if you are predisposed to this condition
- Overly aggressive tooth brushing, using the wrong type of toothbrush, or brushing using the incorrect motion can all lead to gum recession
- Tobacco use, including smokeless products
Our team will recommend the course of treatment depending on various factors. Drs. Rasmussen and Del Cueto will evaluate every patient on a case-by-case basis to learn about them, their lifestyle, and their treatment preferences. All factors will be considered before we recommend the best course of action. Treatment options could include:
- Tissue grafting to regenerate lost gum tissue
- Gumline fillings to replace root surface affected by trauma or decay
- Lifestyle change aimed at restoring your gums to a healthy state
- A deep cleaning of the gums and teeth so that any tartar and plaque buildup can be removed
- Antibiotics for the management of existing bacteria to eliminate inflammation and gum damage
Call Us Today!
Please visit our team at Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, to learn more about gum recession treatment. To schedule a consultation, please call (813) 734-7102.