Gum recession quite simply refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line and as it occurs it reveals more and more of the lower structure of the tooth. If this problem isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow it can cause a number of other dental health risks.
Why it’s such a serious problem
When more of a tooth’s root structure is revealed it makes it easier for oral bacteria to position itself in the area where the gum tissue meets the tooth. This can lead to serious tooth decay which is often hard to treat. A person will also notice increased sensitivity when their teeth come into contact with hot or cold substances. If gum recession isn’t stopped in its tracks then teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out because there is no gum tissue in place to help support them.
Causes of gum recession
Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Smoking and use of tobacco – tobacco and smoke can aggravate the gum tissues and cause them to recede
- Gum disease – This is an infection of the gum tissue which is caused by the bacteria that is naturally present in the mouth. In its latter stages it can cause gum recession.
- Lip and tongue piercings – Tongue studs and lip rings can come into contact with the gum tissue and over time this can cause recession from the constant contact and abrasion.
- Over zealous brushing of the teeth – If you brush your teeth too aggressively it can damage the gums and cause them to recede.
- Aggressive flossing – Flossing which is carried out to vigorously can also cause loss of gum tissue and change the appearance of the gum line.
- Bruxism – Tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause your teeth and jaw joint to feel sore and if not treated can eventually lead to gum recession.
There are several treatments to consider if a patient has gum recession. A Glasgow dentist first needs to target the root cause of the gum recession. In the case of bruxism wearing a mouth guard and receiving Glasgow orthodontics treatment would be recommended. If gum disease is the main issue then a patient will be given a course of antibiotics and recommended to use antiseptic mouthwashes too.
In severe cases the dentist may want to consider rebuilding the gum line using a gum grafting procedure. This will involve the use of donor tissue taken from the patient’s palette or artificial soft tissue. This is then stitched into place along the gum line so that it builds up the volume of gum tissue.
If you’re suffering from receding gums then don’t delay. Get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. Our skilled and friendly restorative and cosmetic team are able to help you achieve the healthiest and best looking smile possible. Call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.