Possible Treatments For Receding Gums

If you have receding gums, then there can be a lot of reasons for this happening. Some of the common causes of receding gums include gingivitis, brushing roughly, not brushing enough, constant dry mouth, hormonal imbalances, and more.

The one true way to determine what is going on in your case is for you to get in to see your dentist for a proper exam. While treating receding gum lines is difficult and you can't always count on great results, there are things that can be done to help. The course of treatment will depend on many factors including the root cause and the severity of your receding gums. Here is some information on the different treatments that may be an option for your case:

Scaling and root planning

Scaling of your teeth is where the dentist will scrape tartar off of the surfaces of your teeth. They will do this on as much of the tooth as possible, even going a bit past the gum line which can be a bit uncomfortable. Root planning involves getting rid of any rough spots on your teeth that can be allowing more bacteria to gather.

Taking enzyme suppressants

Enzyme suppressants are given to you in the form of oral medications and they can help slow down gum recession by reducing your body's enzymatic response that may be causing your gum tissue to break down.

Taking a prescription mouth rinse

You may be prescribed a mouth rinse that will be able to help. This can generally be one of the treatments if your receding gum lines are being caused by gingivitis instead of another issue. These types of mouth rinses will contain agents such as chlorhexidine and other antimicrobial agents.

Applying a topical gel to your gums

The dentist may give you an antibiotic gel that will be applied directly to your gums. Since the gel has antibiotic properties it will help in instances where infection or other bacteria can be one of the underlying issues.

Flap surgery can be performed

In some cases, flap surgery should be performed. During this surgery, tartar will be removed to bring down the size of the periodontal pockets that present themselves when your gums are receding.

A gum graft can be done

During a gum graft, a thin piece of tissue will be removed from elsewhere in your mouth and be attached to the area where your gums are receding. This is generally done when your condition is considered to be severe and to the point where it is causing sensitivity and putting your teeth at risk of decay.

Contact a dental office like Bradley T Piotrowski DDS MSD LLC for more information and assistance.