Gum recession is a condition where your soft gum tissue retreats toward the tooth roots. This has several negative consequences, both visually and functionally. Receding gums are responsible for about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. Beyond the emotionally visual impact of a receding gum line, your teeth will increase in sensitivity towards hot or cold temperature foods/drinks. If gum recession is making you uncomfortable, don’t ignore the issue. Instead, look to our team at Pacific NW Dental Center for leading solutions to gum loss. As gum recession advances, conditions can worsen exponentially. Prevent gum disease, tooth loss, loose teeth, unbalanced smile, and jawbone loss with gum recession treatment in Spanaway, WA
A few of the factors mentioned below that cause gums to recede are within your control. Where applicable, try to alter any habits that may be connected to recession.
If an infection is found in the gums, antibiotics may be prescribed. Topical antibiotics can include antibiotic mouth rinse or gels containing medicated relief. Other medications may also be used to treat the underlying problem that is causing gum recession.
Our team can remove a small amount of healthy soft tissue either from the roof of your mouth, from in front of any teeth that already have disproportionate gum coverage, or from another donor source, and attach it to the area where your gums have receded. Gum grafting restores the protective function, health, and esthetics of your gum tissue.
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. During this procedure, instead of incising the gum tissue, a small “pinhole” is created above the tooth. Next, a special instrument is inserted, and the gum tissues are repositioned back over the tooth. Collagen strips are then placed to help secure the tissues in a healthier and more esthetic position over each tooth. Finally, the tissues are gently sutured in place to aid in proper healing.
A non-surgical treatment, scaling and root planing is often the first procedure in the fight against gum recession caused by gum disease. Scaling removes the bacterial plaque from above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths the tooth surfaces to encourage healthy tissue reattachment and protection against future infection.
Osseous surgery is needed when the bone supported the teeth starts decaying. It is an more advanced treatment and is a step up from the standard scaling and root planing treatment. This procedure is relatively pain free and can help get gum disease under control, helping prevent the need for more involved surgical procedures.
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