As we discussed in our last article, gum recession is a natural part of aging, but it also can be a side effect of certain eating habits, oral jewelry and patterns of toothbrushing (too much or too little). What can you do to prevent recognize gum recession and treat it if you are affected?
Recognizing Gum Recession
The Sacramento Dentistry Group does our best to educate our patients and give them the knowledge they need to prevent dental complications. Our Sacramento dentists like to see gums that are healthy and pink, free from bleeding and that fit snugly around your teeth. Receding gums are usually a sign of periodontal disease from lack of good dental care, but they can also be caused by brushing too hard, tobacco use, misaligned teeth or jaw clenching.
A Gum Recession Consultation
First, we meet with you for an exam and consultation to exactly determine your situation. We discuss your daily oral care habits and other factors that affect gum health. If your gum recession is a mild case, due to normal “wear and tear,” our dentists will probably help you without extensive treatment. Simply identifying the cause of the recession and acting on it helps you limit further damage. Our Sacramento dental office may recommend a mouthguard for clenching or grinding, oral appliances for misaligned teeth, or it might be as simple as adjusting your brushing and flossing technique or giving up your lip piercing.
Treating Gum Recession
If your gum recession is due to periodontitis, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Our dentists may start with dental scaling and root planing, also called deep cleaning. In more severe cases, our dentists may recommend a procedure called the “pinhole surgical technique” or PST. If this is the case, don’t panic! The Sacramento Dentistry Group does not recommend unnecessary oral surgery and understands that patients generally like to avoid it. In some cases, however, it is desperately needed.
How Does PST Work?
Using a specialized instrument, your rather elastic gums are actually pulled outwards and stretched down as close to their original position as possible. Then a biomaterial is packed behind the gums to hold them in place. The procedure is quick (twenty to thirty minutes), cures recession around multiple teeth and heals quickly. In a matter of days, you feel fine. Eventually the biomaterial is simply absorbed by your body and your gums and teeth experience renewed health. Contrast this with gum grafting, another potential treatment, which takes a couple of weeks of recuperation.
Use Sleep Dentistry for Oral Procedures
Our Sacramento dental office also offers sleep dentistry for our patients who may suffer extra anxiety in the dental chair. This form of oral conscious sedation provides a pain free and relaxing surgery experience!
Dentists with Solutions for Gum Recession
So if we or other dentists tell you that you have gum recession, the Sacramento Dentistry Group has solutions. They can be simple, such as changing your habits, or specialized, like PST, but the ultimate goal is preserving your teeth and your smile! For a first or second opinion, please contact us online, at 916-538-6900 or by stopping by our downtown practice at 1105 E Street.