Donaldson, Guenther and Yilmaz DDS

What to Do About a Receding Gum Line

Receding gums can cause sensitivity and lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, periodontal dental services can help treat the issue and regenerate missing gum tissue. 

What is a receding gum line?

A receding gum line occurs when “the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root.” (source)

What causes receding gums?

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, poor oral hygiene, brushing too hard, and gum disease. 

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of receding gums. With gum disease, “the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets,” which “collect debris and can become infected.” This can destroy the gum and bone over time and cause tooth loss.

Can receding gums grow back?

Receding gums cannot grow back, but periodontal dental services can help regenerate gum tissue and treat any underlying issues, like gum disease.

When to seek treatment for receding gums

Receding gums can cause sensitivity and may lead to tooth loss. If you notice gum recession, contact your dentist immediately. They can treat the problem to help prevent further damage.

Receding gums treatment

Treatment for gum recession depends on how severe it is. For milder cases, a non-surgical process called scaling and root planing helps gum tissue heal by removing “the plaque and tartar deposits on both the tooth and root surfaces.” Patients can then maintain gum health with good oral hygiene habits like twice-daily brushing and preventative dental cleanings

In more severe cases with progressively unstable gum recession, gum grafting may be used to strengthen the gum tissue. These gum-grafting techniques can replace and/or enhance the tissue around the teeth to improve stability, shape, and aesthetics. 

At DGY Dentistry, we use new microsurgical techniques that are gentle on the patient. These procedures stabilize the gum recession, reduce root sensitivity, and improve the overall appearance. Our dentists take pride in combining our expertise with creative vision to provide unparalleled quality and a world-class patient experience

Periodontal Care Near You

DGY Dentistry is conveniently located at 3100 E. Eisenhower Parkway with easy access to surrounding Washtenaw County and the larger Southeast Michigan area. Contact us today to learn more about periodontal care near you.