Older woman smiling for the camera, showing off her healthy gumsAdvanced reconstructive dentistry has allowed millions of patients suffering from advanced gum recession to restore health and beauty to their smiles. While the best treatment for gum problems is to prevent them from occurring in the first place through excellent oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, the truth is that most American adults experience periodontal disease to some degree. In fact, gum disease is the most common disease in the world. When it comes to treating gum problems, the saying “better late than never” holds absolutely true.

At our cosmetic, reconstructive, and general dentistry practice in Shreveport, gum recession treatment is available to those in need, regardless of the causes of their conditions. We offer safe, compassionate, comfortable periodontal care that allows patients to enjoy dramatically improved oral health – results that, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits moving forward, can last a lifetime.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession refers to the condition that occurs when the periodontal tissues that support the teeth begin to erode. This erosion can lead to numerous oral health problems, including tooth and gum infections and the eventual loss of teeth. The most common causes of gum recession include:

  • Periodontal disease, which is by far the most common cause of gum recession, especially in its most advanced form known as periodontitis.
  • Overly aggressive tooth brushing, especially with hard-bristled tooth brushes. Many people erroneously think that their teeth will become cleaner if they use more force in brushing them; however, a more delicate touch will be just as effective while causing less harm to the teeth and gums.
  • Bruxism, or a chronic clenching or grinding of the teeth.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Hormonal changes in women, especially those that occur during pregnancy and menopause.
  • Poor oral hygiene and failure to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings.
  • Misalignment of the bite.
  • Excessive consumption of foods and liquids high in acidic content (e.g., citrus fruits, juices, tomatoes, vinegar).

Treatments for Gum Recession

Fortunately, gum recession can be treated, even in its advanced stages. As with any oral health or other medical condition, timely diagnosis is of the essence; gum recession is most easily treated when caught in its earliest stages. However, even advanced gum disease can be treated.

  • Deep cleaning: Scaling and root planing can be performed to prevent gum recession when periodontal disease is detected shortly after its onset. Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the teeth beneath the gum line, while root planing involves making the surfaces of the root smoother in order to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
  • Pocket depth reduction surgery: This procedure involves pulling the gums back from the teeth, removing otherwise impossible-to-reach bacteria, and then suturing the gums back into place so that they conform snugly to the teeth.
  • Gum grafting: In more advanced cases of gum recession, soft tissues can be harvested from elsewhere in the mouth and transplanted to the gums.

Learn More about Gum Recession Causes and Treatment

For further information about gum recession causes and treatment, or to schedule your initial appointment with our experienced dental team, please contact Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care today.