Gingival Recession

Life Dental Specialties provides gingival recession treatment in Springfield and Hadley, MA. Call to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Gingival recession is a condition that occurs when your gums pull away from one or more teeth, exposing the root surface. Also known as gum recession, minor gingival recession may simply be an aesthetic concern, but when root exposure is more severe, it can cause painful sensitivity, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Causes of Gingival Recession

Gum disease is a common cause of gingival recession. Plaque, tartar, and the bacteria they harbor cause the gums to separate from the teeth. Pockets begin to form between the teeth and gums, causing the gum recession to worsen.

There are other potential causes of gingival recession as well. If you brush aggressively, have had braces, smoke, have diabetes, dry mouth, or a family history of gum disease or gum recession, you are at a higher risk. Receding gums are most common in adults ages 40 and older, but this shouldn’t be mistaken for a normal sign of aging—it can have a serious impact on your oral health.

Preventing and Treating Gingival Recession

Brushing for two minutes, twice a day, and flossing at least once a day will help prevent gingival recession from gum disease. When you brush, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t use a lot of pressure, which can cause gums to recede. Visit your dentist every six months for a comprehensive oral evaluation and dental cleaning. If you have gum disease, seek treatment promptly before your gums begin to recede.

If you’ve already experienced gingival recession, it can be treated with gum grafting. We use minimally-invasive microsurgical techniques to enhance the final result and minimize pain and complications.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gingival Recession

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