Gum recession is the process where the gum tissue around your teeth wears away or pulls back to expose the root of your tooth. Receding gums can make your teeth more sensitive and affect the quality of your smile as more of your tooth surface is exposed.
Gum tissue does not grow back after it has receded, so it is important to seek treatment from Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA as soon as you notice any gum recession.
Gum recession is a gradual process, and often people do not notice their receding gums until gaps are visible or they are experiencing extreme sensitivity.
If you have noticed your teeth appearing longer than normal, or a small dent or notch around the gum line, call Dr. McRae. We can discuss treatment options available to you.
Common causes of gum recession are listed below:
• Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the mouth that can destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone structure. Once these structures begin to breakdown, your gums often recede. While many people develop periodontal disease from poor oral hygiene, others are genetically predisposed to developing the disease.
• Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Brushing your teeth too hard or with the wrong technique can contribute to receding gums and tooth damage. Neglecting a daily oral hygiene routine can also contribute to receding gums, as bacteria builds up in the mouth.
• Hormonal Changes
Changing hormone levels can cause the gums to be tender and may increase the risk of gum recession.
• Lifestyle Choices
Using tobacco products can facilitate receding gums. Lip or tongue piercings can also irritate or wear away the gum tissue around the teeth.
• Mechanical Problems
Patients with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite are also at risk for receding gums. Teeth that do not come together evenly can place extra pressure on parts of the gum and bone, leading to gum recession. The same is true with the pressure placed upon teeth from clenching or grinding.
Once the gums recede, they do not grow back. If you have noticed receding gums, set up a consultation with Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to discuss your treatment options!
Dr. Matthew McRae, Jr. specializes in beautifying smiles and helping you improve your overall appearance. His experienced and friendly Athens, GA staff takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. Our promise to you is that the crowns, bridges and veneers we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are the highest quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us.