Monday, February 22, 2016

Procedures Involved In Treating Receding Gums

By Deborah Price

Gum recession is scenario where the gum starts to pull away from the tooth . As it moves it exposes part of the tooth root and moves away from the gum line. Most people take some time before they notice what is happening and in such cases you should visit a dentist to begin treating receding gums as soon as possible to avoid serious damage.

A number of life habits and also some unavoidable issues can cause the recession. Diseases that affect the mouth like gum diseases and bacterial infection due to poor oral health can start up the problem. Genetics can determine body characteristics and it has been documented that thirty percent of population are prone to gum recession. Aggressively brushing your teeth or using a hard toothbrush can be one of the factors responsible. Brushing your teeth should not hurt if it does you are doing it wrong.

Hormonal changes in women around puberty and pregnancy can also make the gums sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession. Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque on their teeth that can contribute to the problem. Tooth grinding and clenching puts a lot of strain on the teeth and can also be related.

Mild cases of recession can be handled by visiting a dentist. A procedure called deep cleaning is conducted. Here a dentist removes the plaque that has accumulated on your teeth and evens out the area near the root to ensure bacteria cannot reattach. They may also give some antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections.

In some cases the bone and pocket loss are extreme and routine deep cleaning may not be efficient. Here the dentist will advise you to go for surgery. There a number of procedures used to correct the problem. Pocket depth reduction is one of the procedures. Here the periodontist will fold back the affected gum tissue, remove any harmful bacteria then secure the gum back in place hereby reducing the size of the pockets or eliminating them completely.

Another procedure used is regeneration. In extreme cases of recession a procedure will need to be done to regenerate the bone and tissue lost. The gum doctor will fold back the gum remove any bacteria then apply a regenerative material to the area. This will stimulate the natural ability of the body to regenerate the lost bone and tissue.

Another procedure used is tissue grafting. If the area around the tooth is not completely affected tissue from that area could be extracted then grafted onto the gum this is a pedicle graft. In other cases the skin on the roof of the mouth can be peeled and some tissue extracted from the bottom of the flap. This tissue is then bound to the affected area in a procedure called connective tissue grafting.

The surgical procedures and trips to the dentist can be avoided in most cases by maintaining good oral health. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and flossing are one of the ways. Quitting habits like smoking and maintaining a healthy diet can be another way. Regular trips to a dentist can help you detect the problem early saving you the time and money that you would end up spending for the treatment.

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