Receding gums, also called gingival recession, takes place when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth start to pull away from your teeth exposing the root or making your gum line appear uneven. You can see more of your tooth structure and this is where we get the expression “long in the tooth.” It is an unsightly problem that can occur so gradually that most people do not even notice until they start to experience the ill effects of this condition like sensitive teeth and worse, periodontal disease. Dr. Danielle Wehle is a general dentist in Santa Clara, CA providing gum recession treatment to her patients.
The reason gum recession treatment is very important is that it impacts many facets of your life. How you feel about yourself, what other people think about you, as well as your health. Without the protective soft tissue surrounding your teeth, your roots are left exposed to external stimuli and harmful disease-causing bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. If you have sensitive teeth or suspect you have periodontal disease it is important that you get treatment from Dr. Wehle as soon as possible. Even with sensitive teeth, many patients cannot always see or feel the much worse damage being done by the bacteria below the surface. After a thorough oral evaluation Dr. Wehle can determine what is causing your gum recession and what the best method for treatment will be for your specific dental needs.
If you have been diagnosed with gum recession you might be wondering what you can do about it. Can I reverse receding gums? Is it too late for me? Gum recession can affect the way you feel about yourself and the way others think of you; not to mention the painful tooth sensitivity that can accompany gingival recession. You do not have to live with the effects of gum recession. There are several treatment options available to treat and reverse receding gums. Dr. Danielle Wehle offers gum recession treatment including gum recession surgery and the Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Santa Clara, CA.
Dr. Wehle’s highly trained hygienist can help prevent further gum recession and clear mild cases of periodontal disease with scaling and root planing. This is a specialized deep cleaning below the gum line. You can be numbed for this procedure and also receive antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection.
The solution to your receding gums might be as simple as switching to a softer toothbrush and receiving proper oral hygiene instructions. Many patients do not realize overaggressive and improper brushing/flossing can do severe damage to their teeth and gums.