Posts for tag: Gum Recession

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
October 24, 2019
Category: Gum Disease
Tags: Gum Recession  

Gum recession, also known as receding gums, is an oral care concern that can cause future problems for dental patients. It affects your smile esthetically, and can also be a sign of gum disease. Explore a few FAQs (frequently asked questions) that patients have about gum recession, a dental issue that can be treated by our periodontist Dr. F. Neal Plant serving Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

What Causes Gum Recession?
The gums are soft tissues that protect the roots of the teeth and cover the jaw bone. When the gums recede, it causes sensitivity and pain in some cases, as well as exposure to bad bacteria. The possible causes for gum recession include:

- Brushing too vigorously or with a hard-bristled toothbrush.
- Flossing too aggressively.
- Gingivitis or periodontal disease.
- An injury to the gumline.
- A genetic predisposition to receding gums.

How Does Gum Recession Affect Your Smile?
When the gums recede, they expose more of your tooth than is normal. Usually, only about half of a tooth is visible above the gumline (the crown), but recession causes part of the root to show. Food can get caught in the areas below the gumline, and lead to bacterial dental infections. A case of receding gums may be a sign of gum disease or periodontitis, which could lead to tooth loss if it isn’t treated. Gum recession is also a cosmetic issue—when you smile or laugh you should see a relatively equal gum to tooth ratio.

How Can a Periodontist Fix Gum Recession?
One of the first treatments your Athens, GA, periodontist will likely recommend is scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning of the teeth around the gumline. In some cases, this can stimulate the production of new gum tissue. For advanced periodontal disease, surgery may be recommended. A gum graft can also help regenerate lost gum volume. It’s also important to be gentler on your smile when brushing and flossing after treatment.

Discuss Gum Recession Treatments with Your Periodontist
Have you noticed that your gums are receding, showing too much of the root of each tooth? Dr. F. Neal Pylant can fix this periodontal issue at his office in Athens, GA. Call (706) 543-0026 today to schedule an appointment.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
March 05, 2018
Tags: Gum Recession  

When most people think about having a nice smile, they focus solely on the teeth, but the appearance of the gums also play a part. As in agum disease portrait, the teeth are the subject while the gums are the frame. There's no need to keep holding back your smile because you don't want people to see your gumline. Let periodontist Dr. Neal Pylant treat your case of gum recession at his office in Athens, GA.

What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession often happens due to gum disease, periodontal disease, or some type of trauma to the gumline. The gums separate from the teeth and recede due to the effects of bad bacteria or an injury. Patients who grind their teeth often or brush aggressively with a hard toothbrush may also experience gum recession. It can also be caused by genetics—some people are just born with gums that are less strong and more susceptible to recession. Recession is not only a loss of gum tissue, but also the underlying anchoring bone. This is why recession can also cause tooth looseness.

Receding Gumline Problems
Having a receding gumline is not good because it exposes the roots of your teeth. This could cause additional problems with gum disease, or eventually cause the teeth to loosen. It can lead to severe tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold sensations. Gum recession also presents an esthetic problem. When you smile or laugh, other people can see your gumline and exposed teeth. A healthy, youthful-looking smile has an even gum-to-tooth ratio and a sufficient amount of gum tissue.

Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Pylant has a solution for gum recession cases in his Athens periodontal office. The first step is a thorough exam to determine the causative factors. The next course of action can be scaling and root planing, along with oral care evaluation to ensure that the gums are free from bacteria-filled plaque that causes recession. In some cases, regenerative periodontal therapy or surgery may be part of the solution. The gumline may be fully restored with grafting (i.e., adding new bone or soft tissue to re-establish the growth of healthy tissue), or with cosmetic gum surgery.

Have Your Case of Gum Recession Treated
It only takes one consultation with Dr. Pylant to find out if your gum recession can be improved. Contact the office today at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment at his office in Athens, GA.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
June 12, 2017
Tags: Gum Recession  

Do your teeth look longer than usual? Receding gums can change the appearance of your smile and also threaten your oral health. OurReceding Gums Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, discusses why gum recession occurs and explains how it's treated.

Why have my gums receded?

Receding gums can occur if you brush your teeth too hard or don't use a soft bristle brush. Changing your brushing habits may be all you need to do to reverse the problem in this case. Some people notice gum recession when they grind their teeth. Often, wearing a nightguard when you sleep can stop the recession and also reduce wear and tear on your teeth.

Other causes of gum recession include smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes and a family history of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene may also cause your gums to recede. If you don't brush or floss regularly, plaque on your teeth becomes tartar, a hard deposit that can lead to gum disease. Gum disease, a common cause of receding gums, may cause tissue, tooth and bone loss if it isn't treated.

How are receding gums treated?

If there is an underlying cause for your gum recession, such as diabetes, poor oral hygiene or gum disease, addressing the cause can help stop the problem, although you may still need treatment to restore your gum tissue. Bacterial infections caused by gum disease can damage your gums and force them away from your teeth. Deep cleanings and pocket reduction surgery, in addition to antibiotics, may be needed if you have gum disease.

If you have receding gums, you've probably noticed that your teeth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. The problem occurs when your roots are exposed. Restoring your gum tissue will improve your appearance and help keep your smile healthy. Gum grafts are often used to treat receding gums. The tissue for the grafts is obtained from your mouth (typically the roof of your mouth) or from a donor and is sewn to your gum line during a procedure in our Athens office.

Don't let gum recession ruin your smile! Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.

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