The gums can recede due to several factors. One of the most common causes of gum recession is periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums. As the gums recede, tooth roots can become exposed. This exposure puts teeth at an increased risk for infection and decay, which can ultimately result in tooth loss. At our office in Jacksonville, our skilled dentist, Dr. Jose Arauz, can treat gum recession and restore gum health.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
Several factors can cause the gums to recede. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common cause of gum recession. Once the gums are infected, the tissues around the teeth begin to pull back or become worn away. The gums can also begin receding over time due to regularly brushing the teeth too aggressively.
The good news about gum recession is that it can be treated and gum health can be restored. If periodontal disease is present, beginning treatment promptly helps prevent the infection from spreading and causing further damage. Tooth loss can be prevented, as well. There are several options for treating gum recession. The dentist at our office in Jacksonville can discuss a treatment plan with you. Two frequently utilized periodontal therapies for treating gum recession include scaling and root planing and gum grafting.
Scaling and root planing is a method for deep cleaning the teeth down to the roots. Clearing away plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line makes it possible for the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth. Further, the bacteria in plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease so removing them is essential for preventing the spread of infection and restoring the health of infected gum tissue.
Gum grafting is a periodontal technique for replacing lost or damaged gum tissue. Gum grafting involves taking a portion of healthy gum tissue from another area of the mouth, such as the roof, and transferring it to an area where the gums have receded. The healthy gum tissue is grafted on to the affected area. Gum grafting helps prevent further gum recession.
If you are dealing with gum recession, we can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Arauz, our experienced dentist, call our office in Jacksonville at (910) 577-1315.