Gingival recession, also known as receding gums or gum recession, is the progressive loss of gum tissue. When left untreated, gingival recession can eventually result in the exposure of the tooth roots. While gum recession is most common in those over the age of 40, the recession process can begin as early as the teenage years.
It is often difficult to self-diagnose gum recession in its earliest stages simply because the changes in the gum line are gradual and often pain-free. Regular preventive appointments with Dr. Douglas Hauck will help in the fight against gum recession as well as help determine if you having any gum recession risk factors.
You may have receding gums if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that look longer than normal
- Visible roots
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that are inflamed
Gum recession is often caused by:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Overaggressive brushing
- Poor oral hygiene
- Chewing tobacco
Treatment of Receding Gums in Newport Beach, California
Because every case of gum recession, just like every individual person, is different, there are many treatments available. After addressing the underlying cause of the gum recession, we can create a custom treatment plan to help stop and reverse the recession.
When the cause of the recession is overly aggressive tooth brushing, our dentist may recommend using a softer toothbrush and implementing a gentler brushing technique. Recession caused by poor oral hygiene can be combatted with prophylaxis (professional cleanings). During the prophylaxis, Dr. Douglas Hauck or our hygienist will remove debris and bacteria from the gum pockets. Finally, if periodontal disease is the cause, we will perform scaling and root planing to heal and clean the gums and teeth.
After the cause has been addressed, Dr. Douglas Hauck may recommend cosmetic gum surgery to restore the beauty of your smile and symmetry of your gums. If you have experienced any symptoms of gingival recession, we invite you to call or visit Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Douglas Hauck and begin improving your oral health and smile now.