February 2010 Archives

Receding Gums

Healthy gums fit snugly against your teeth. If your gum line begins to pull away from your teeth, this is called gum recession.

Receding gums expose more of your tooth's root, leaving it more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Pockets or spaces between your teeth and gums can also develop and trap food particles and other bacteria that are difficult to remove with brushing and flossing.

Because more of your tooth root is exposed, the gum-recessed teeth are often more sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and sour sensations. Gum recession can also impact the aesthetics of your smile, making your teeth appear longer than normal since less of your gum covers your teeth.

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:
  • Brushing too hard
  • Mouth injuries or trauma
  • Smoking
  • Oral piercings
  • Misaligned, gapped or crooked teeth
  • Periodontal disease
The severity of your gum recession and its root cause will determine the treatment. For some patients, better brushing habits can restore healthy gums. For more severe recession, patients may be advised to undergo a soft tissue graft (also called a gum graft), which can restore a receded gum line and cover sensitive roots.

If your gums are recessed and you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, Exceptional Dentistry is here for you. Dr. Laurie Bloch can explain your treatment options and help restore your gums to a healthy state. Please contact Exceptional Dentistry of Las Vegas today and we will help you arrange an appointment.

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