When you suffer from periodontal disease and don’t undergo treatment to manage it, this could cause gum recession. Receding tissues leaves you vulnerable to complications like tooth decay infection, and tooth loss. Our team of talented periodontic experts in Geneva and Fairport, NY, can help treat your smile and stop gum recession.
The Causes and Risks of Receding Tissues
When you develop periodontal concerns, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, the resulting infection could cause the tissues to pull away from the gums, forming deep pockets and exposing sensitive root structure as a result. The exposed portions cause tooth sensitivity and discomfort, but can also increase the risk of tooth decay and infection occurring in the teeth. Your teeth could also appear longer, which alters symmetry and the attractiveness of your smile. You’re also at a higher risk of periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease that is linked to tooth loss. When you notice receding tissues, please reach out to our team right away for treatment.
Diagnosing and Treating the Issue
Our team will employ advanced imaging technology as part of your diagnosis, so we can better assess the cause and extent of your disease, and choose the best treatment options. For some, we could employ a nonsurgical means of manipulating the tissues and covering the exposed portions of your teeth. For more severe recession, our team could use tissue grafts to cover the exposed portions of the smile. Often, these can be completed in a single visit, with only a day or two to recover and return to your normal activities.
Protecting Your Smile
Following treatment, you can make a few changes to your routine to help manage the disease and protect your smile’s appearance. For example, you should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and then floss every evening to clean what a toothbrush cannot reach. Try to avoid tobacco products and eat a healthier diet, as vitamin C and D are great for your gums and teeth. Our team can discuss regular cleanings every three to four months to remove buildup and protect the gums from inflammation, painful symptoms, and receding tissues.
If you have any questions about the causes and dangers related to periodontal recession, or if you’ve noticed these changes to your smile and want to seek treatment, then contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile for years to come!
LEARN ABOUT TREATING GUM RECESSION WITH YOUR TEAM OF DENTAL EXPERTS AT FLX PERIO
Our team wants to help preserve the health and beauty of your smile, so you can avoid discomfort and tooth loss. For more information on how we diagnose and treat issues like recession and periodontal disease, give us a call at our Fairport, NY office at 585.223.6040!