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Gum Recession

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If your teeth start to appear longer than they used to, your gums may have started to recede.

This is a common dental condition in which the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth begins to pull back, or recede, exposing more of the tooth and its root. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing, genetic predisposition, and periodontal disease. Gum recession can lead to sensitivity, tooth decay, and, in severe cases, tooth loss. Treatment for gum recession may include a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, medication, and surgical options to restore the gum tissue. It is important for individuals to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, to help prevent gum recession.

Receding gums are a serious issue since it can lead to further health complications such as sensitivity, poor smile aesthetics, increased risk of gum or tooth infection as well as potentially tooth loss.

Why does gum recession occur?

Gums may start to recede for different reasons, including poor oral hygiene and the development of gum disease, but thin gum and/or overzealous brushing could also be the culprit. Trauma from piercings can also cause gum recession.

During your initial consultation with Dr Wadia, the exact cause of your gum recession will be pinpointed so that the most effective treatment can commence.

Can gum recession be reversed?

Yes, on most occasions. Several methods are available to treat this.

At RW Perio, we perform gum grafts, which require pulling the gum down over the receded area and/or taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth. The graft will improve not only the appearance of the gums but also the thickness.

If you have noticed any changes with the size of your teeth and are concerned you may have receding gums; please contact RW Perio on 020 7112 9036 to book your consultation and also click here for more information. Stay up to date on our Instagram.

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