Why Are My Gums Receding? – Causes & Treatment
One of the questions we’re often asked is “why are my gums receding?” Many people aren’t aware that they have receding gums since the condition creeps up slowly.
What Are Receding Gums?
Gum recession refers to when the area of gum tissue that wraps around the teeth starts to wear away or pull back. This exposes more of the tooth and sometimes the tooth’s root.
Receding gums cause gaps to form between the tooth and the gums which, in turn, enables bacteria to build up and potentially cause disease. If left untreated, gum and bone erosion can occur, causing tooth loss.
Symptoms of gum recession include:
- Exposed roots
- Long teeth
- Loose teeth
Why Are My Gums Receding?
One of the main reasons for gum recession is periodontal disease. Bacteria left along or below the gum line causes an infection that destroys the gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth.
Other causes of receding gums include:
- Brushing too hard
- Poor dental care
- Tobacco products
- Hormone levels
- Tooth grinding
- Misaligned teeth
How Are Receding Gums Treated?
Our dentist can treat mild gum recession with a deep professional clean. However, if your condition is severe, pinhole gum surgery may be a better solution.
What is Pinhole Gum Surgery?
It’s a technique performed through a small hole in the gum tissue using laser surgery. The bacteria are removed, tissue stimulants are inserted to encourage the gums to rejuvenate and grow tightly around the teeth, and the gum tissue is gently replaced over the receded area.
Since there is no incision and no sutures, patients heal quickly and notice a cosmetic improvement almost right away.
If you’re suffering from receding gums then why not come and speak with our experienced dentists here at Beyond Infinity Dental so see how we can help you. Call today on 02 8806 3799 or book online.