Gum Recession occurs when the gum tissue that is "attached" to the tooth moves further away from the tooth, exposing more tooth causing the tooth to appear larger.
One can have a perfectly healthy mouth and still experience gum recession.
Some Causes of Gum Recession:
So what's so bad about gum recession? To list a few:
Several treatment techniques are used to treat gum recession. One involves the removal of tissue from the roof of the patient's mouth and using that to cover the area of recession. This technique extends healing time since it involves two separate surgical sites.
The technique most preferred in our office is to use only one surgical site by releasing the tissue that is still attached around the tooth - place a special kind of "artificial" gum tissue underneath the patient's tissue, then pull the loosened tissue down around the tooth and suture it down to cover the tooth.
Most dental insurance policies offer coverage for treating gum recession.
If you have noticed that you have developed gun recession, we will be happy to discuss the best approach to treating your particular
Infection - Most infections we see in the office are either the result of tooth decay or gum disease and sometimes a combination of both. An interesting observation is that (unlike most infections we experience) antibiotics are usually ineffective as far as curing the dental infections.
The reason for this is that infections in the gums and teeth are generally chronic; that is there is a continuous "supply" of (bad) bacteria coming from inside the tooth or from plaque and tartar around the gums.
The solution for these infections must involve removing the plaque and tartar and/or removing the supply of bacteria inside the tooth (e.g. root canal, treatment) or removing the tooth. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that gum and tooth infections cause already existing heart problems as well as diabetes to become worse.
So the moral of this story is to avoid those unhealthy infections that lead to pain and tooth loss. And, of course, one avoids such calamities by getting those regular check-ups at your friendly Smile Design Center!
If you haven't had your "on time" check up please give us a call today. Also please refer a friend/family member. We appreciate so very much all of you who refer your family, co-workers, and friends to us for their dental care. This is the single best compliment we could ever receive from our great patients!