Gum Recession Treatment
The treatment for gum recession depends on the cause. If the gums become unattached from the tooth, it is important to treat gum recession. Otherwise, it may get worse.
- If gum recession is caused by brushing too hard, your dental office staff can show you a better way to clean your teeth. This is not repair the existing damage, but it will prevent new damage to the gums.
- If gum recession is caused by periodontal disease the first step is usually a treatment called scaling and root planing. The dentist removes plaque and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. This treatment helps gum tissue heals and reattach to the tooth. For many patients, this treatment plus excellent oral care at home and regular dental visits can help control periodontal disease and gum attachment loss.
- If gum recession is caused by partial dentures that don’t fit right, your dentist can adjust or remake them for you.
- If gum recession is advanced, a gum graft may be needed. A graft is when a thin piece of gum tissue is taken from another place in the patient’s mouth and attached where the gum tissue has receded. Once the graft heals, it covers the exposed tooth root. Grafts may be done around one or more teeth. They protect the tooth root from sensitivity and decay. A graft can also be used to make a smile look better.