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Receding gums can be frustrating, but most people don’t even know they have gum recession. It happens very gradually. A common sign of gum recession can be experiencing tooth sensitivity.
Receding gums become a health concern once the roots of your teeth become exposed which leaves your teeth at risk of decay, infection or even tooth loss. Like most oral health concerns it is best to visit the dentist as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing problems with your gums you should book in to see a dentist as soon as possible.
People who suffer from receding gums usually don’t experience any pain or concerns but they may experience some sensitivity. They also may notice that their tooth or teeth look longer than normal.
You may also experience:
- Fear of losing teeth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold due to exposed tooth roots
- Concern about the appearance of your teeth and the spacing
Gum recession can be a symptom of more serious dental problems including gum disease. They can also lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, as well as bad breath and bleeding gums.
Regular dentist checks and good oral care can help prevent receding gums and gum disease. If you are having problems with your gums, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.
It may be a due to brushing your teeth incorrectly, or it could be the result of gum disease.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection in your gums that weakens gum tissue and its supporting bone.
Other causes include:
- Your genes
- Brushing too hard or incorrectly
- Hormonal changes
- Not visiting your dentist or hygienist frequently
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Crooked teeth
How much does it cost to treat receding gums?
The price of treating receding gums will differ depending on the cause, as well as the severity.
It is important to visit the dentist if you are experiencing any symptoms. They will be able to recommend treatment, give you an idea of the cost and in more serious cases refer you to a doctor.
Treatment may require a gum tissue graft which the dentist will be able to determine when you first visit them. The cost of a gum tissue graft will also differ depending on what is required to suit your needs. You will be given an estimate for the recommended treatment.
What happens when your gums recede?
Often the first symptom people experience when their gums are receding is sensitivity. You may also notice your tooth looks longer or that the spacing between your teeth looks different.
How do you stop receding gums?
In some cases, receding gums can be prevented. Looking after your oral health is important. The most common cause of receding gums is gum disease, usually due poor oral hygiene.
Brushing twice a day, flossing, maintaining a healthy diet and not smoking can also help prevent gum disease.
If the cause is related to another health issue such as hormonal changes or genetics prevention might not be possible but seeking advice from your doctor is recommended as early as possible.
How can I reverse receding gums naturally?
In most cases you can’t reverse your receding gums naturally. There are however many ways to prevent gum recession such as good oral hygiene. If your gums are damaged by gum disease or more severe dental problems, you will need to visit your dentist or oral surgeon for professional treatment.
We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For optimum oral health:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
- Book hygiene visits with your dental hygienist at least twice each year or as often as recommended by your dentist and hygienist.
- Book routine exam and x-ray check-ups with your dentist once each year
Can receding gums grow back?
If your gums are damaged due to periodontitis or gum disease, it may not be possible for the gums to grow back. You can however help treat them and prevent the problem from getting worse. You should visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine the severity and the best treatment option for your needs. Treatment may include surgery or deep cleaning depending on the severity.
Can receding gums be repaired without surgery?
Depending on the severity of your gum recession you may require surgery to treat them. Mild gum recession can often be treated by your general dentist by deep cleaning the affected area, which might also be called tooth scaling and root planning. They will carefully remove plaque and tartar build up on your teeth and root surface below the gum line then smooth the exposed root area to make it more difficult for bacteria to form. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to get rid of any remaining bacteria.