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Gum Recession

What Is Gum Recession?

Gum Recession

What Is Gum Recession?

Does your tooth look longer than normal? Have you been experiencing sensitivity in your teeth? Even though this disease is quite rampant, most people do not recognise it as it happens over a period of time. Tooth sensitivity is the first sign or you might observe that your tooth appears to be longer than usual. Gum Recession happens when the margin of the gum pulls back exposing the tooth root. Connect with us at Dr. Paul’s for safe and effective gum recession treatment in Dubai.

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If gum recession is left untreated, it can even lead to the loss of teeth. As pockets or gaps develop between the teeth and the gum lines, these gaps can be targets for bacterial infections. The supporting tissues can get infected and it can even spread to the bone and eventually lead to tooth loss. At Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic in Dubai, we urge you to visit our gum care treatment clinic and not to ignore this disease. If you feel that your gums are receding, you should fix your appointment with us at the earliest. We have the right treatment approach that can repair the gums and prevent further damage.

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Various Treatment Options for Gum Recession

Gum Recession

Various Treatment Options for Gum Recession

At Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic, Dubai, our periodontists follow these procedures for gum recession treatment plans.

Composite Restoration

Composite resins are tooth-coloured and can be used to cover the surface of the root and also to close the black gaps between teeth.

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Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatments can take time as the changes can be very slow. They help in moving the position of the teeth to correct the gum margin.

Desensitising Agents, Varnishes, and Dentin Bonding Agents

They reduce the sensitivity in the exposed tooth root. We apply desensitising agents that will avert the symptoms which allow you to brush your teeth without sensitivity.

Pink Porcelain or Composite

Pink in colour, this is used to fill the gaps in the places where the gum has receded.

Gum Veneers

These veneers are crafted from acrylic or silicone and can replace the missing gum tissue.

Scaling and Root Planing

Treatment of recession starts with professional deep scaling and root planing with ultrasonics and hand instruments. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus attached to your teeth above and below the gum line. Root planing removes subgingival deposits and smoothens the root surface to prevent further plaque and calculus buildup. This promotes the healing of the gum tissues and facilitates its reattachment to the teeth.

Root Coverage Procedures

If your gum recession is severe, our periodontist recommends following root coverage procedures, using soft tissue graft surgeries or reattachment of the gums in a more coronal position to cover the receding or exposed roots.

Soft Tissue Graft

At Dr. Paul’s, we employ two types of methods. We use the patient’s own soft tissue (known as autografts) or donor tissue (allografts and xenografts), depending on individual needs.

For autografts, the soft tissue from your mouth is taken; this procedure is also called the connective tissue graft.

Free gingival grafts are ideal for gum recession that needs to be reinforced with stronger gum tissue where there are thin gingival tissues.

Donor tissue grafts like allografts and xenografts have advantages in terms of treating multiple areas of recession at once. There is less pain and discomfort due to no harvest site within the mouth.

Regeneration

Sometimes, the bone supporting the teeth can get fully damaged due to the gum recession. In such cases, we recommend the regeneration procedure to regenerate the lost bone and the tissue. The diseased gum tissue is debrided to remove the bacteria. After this, regenerative material like membrane and graft tissue is applied to the area and is secured over the root of the tooth or teeth. The human body will naturally regenerate the healthy gum tissue and bone.

Pinhole Surgical Technique (without scalpels or sutures)

This is a minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of gum recession and is called the pinhole surgical technique (PST) or pinhole gum surgery. A tiny needle is used to make a very small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole specialised instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and help slide and reposition the gum line to cover the exposed root surface. This method has lesser discomfort with a faster recovery time as it is only minimally invasive. There is also no need to take donor tissue from patients, and multiple teeth can also be treated.

It is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits to limit the effect of receding gums. The gum specialist will help you devise an effective routine based on your oral health and the amount of recession.

Why Choose Dr. Paul’s?

Our team of dentists at Dr. Paul’s are vastly experienced in diagnosing conditions of gum recession, employing the latest and most effective treatment for gum restorations. We plan out a comprehensive treatment approach that arrests the condition and provides the right solution on a timely basis. Visit us right away to map out an effective treatment plan if you are showing symptoms of gum recession – we’re here for you.

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FAQs

  • Why Do Gums Recede?

    Gum can recede due to several factors:

    1. Genetic predisposition: Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. Studies reveal that 30% of people have genetically related gum issues, regardless of their oral hygiene practices.
    2. Hormones: Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can cause fluctuations in female hormone levels. This can make gums more sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
    3. Aggressive tooth brushing: Brushing your teeth too hard or the wrong way can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and your gums to recede.
    4. Improper dental care: Improper oral hygiene can cause plaque to turn into calculus or tartar. This substance can harden on and between your teeth leading to gum recession.
    5. Periodontal diseases: Bacteria that get lodged in the deep gum pockets can destroy gum tissue and even erode the bone that holds your teeth in place.
    6. Other factors: Continued chewing and smoking tobacco products, teeth grinding, crooked teeth or bad bite and piercings of the lip or tongue can lead to gum recession.

  • Am I at risk for gum recession? How do I find out?

    Age is one of the primary risk factors for gum recession. If you are above the age of 65, you are very likely to have gum recession. If you are a smoker or chew tobacco products, the chances of getting gum recession are very high. Genetics plays an important role in gum recession. There is a higher likelihood of passing characteristics of thin or weak gums through genes. Diabetes is also a key risk factor for receding gums.

  • What are the habits I should adopt to avoid or prevent gum recession?

    Yes, gum recession can be kept at bay. The best way is to adopt good oral hygiene practices:

    • Brush and floss your teeth twice, daily.
    • Do not miss your appointment with the dentist or periodontist. You should ideally fix an appointment at least twice a year, or as recommended by your dentist.
    • Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should adopt the right way to brush your teeth.
    • Sometimes, the root cause of gum recession is a misaligned bite or tooth grinding. You should then discuss with your Orthodontist about how to go about correcting these issues.
    • Quit the habit of smoking and do remember to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.

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