What is gum recession?
Gum tissue is simply a layer of skin over bone tissue located upper and lower jaw. Gum recession, the exposing of tooth in areas the gum used to cover, can be a serious problem if not properly treated. It is caused by an array of different things.
• Aggressive Tooth Brushing
• Periodontal Disease
• Teeth grinding
Gum recession is most common in middle aged to older adults although it can be seen in teenagers and younger children. Catching the problem early is key. If caught early it is possible it will not require professional treatment. As the name suggest the best way to recognize the problem is by examining the gum line around your teeth. If you notice areas where the root of the tooth is exposed, you might be experiencing recession. If you are experiencing sensitivity to cold, sugar, and brushing you could also be experiencing recession.
Gum recession is treatable. People choose to have it treated as a means to make their teeth look better and healthier. As stated earlier, it is easily treatable if caught early, but if it has been going on for a substantial amount of time, it may require professional treatment.
The best treatment for gum recession is AlloDerm RTM. AlloDerm is a donated tissue that has been processed to remove cells creating a regenerative tissue matrix. This treatment has a multitude of benefits including:
• Excellent safety profile and predictable alternative to your own tissue.
• Offers natural esthetic outcome
• Avoids pain and potential complications associated with removing palatal tissue.
It is important you talk to your dental specialist before any treatment. They need to know your dental and health history. Like any treatment, results vary from patient to patient. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits before you commit to this or any treatment.
There are many ways to prevent gum recession so that professional intervention is not required. This includes brushing with a quality toothbrush. It is important to replace the brush frequently so that old bristles do not cause damage to the tooth.
Learning to brush effectively is also recommended to prevent recession and other dental problems. Also, certain foods with high acidity are best left out of your diet.
If you grind your teeth at night, it might be a good idea to invest in a night guard to prevent damage that may occur as a result.
Lastly, it is important to visit your dentist every 6 months to make sure you are healthy and your teeth are in good shape!