Gum Recession & Receding Gums
Gum Recession & Receding Gums - Can Impact Your Teeth In The Longterm
What is Gingival Recession?
Gingival recession or more commonly known as gum recession, is by far one of the most common dental problems these days.
A recent survey showed that more than half of the population suffers from gum recession in one or more teeth, regardless of their oral hygiene.
We can define “gum recession” as the shrinking of the gum tissue surrounding a particular tooth. In other words, this tissue is pulled back in such a way that the root of the tooth ends up being exposed. The patient can clearly notice how the affected tooth seems to be "longer" than the adjacent and experience high sensitivity.
Can Gums Grow Back?
Unfortunately, receding gums can’t grow back. But, you can take steps to prevent gum recession from worsening. Many people with gum recession experience pain or sensitivity.
This is because your tooth roots aren’t covered with protective enamel. They’re covered with cementum, which isn’t as strong.
Have you ever felt a sudden flash of pain while having your favourite ice cream or drinking iced tea? If so, you'd probably know what tooth sensitivity is.
There are many reasons why gums shrunk, but the most frequent are poor dental hygiene, accumulation of plaque and tartar and even excessive teeth brushing. This condition can be aggravated by dental trauma, genetic traits (thin gum tissue), teeth misalignment and smoking.
How Can I Treat Receded Gums?
Well, luckily, there are some options available for this issue. However, among all, we can affirm that the best and most stable treatment alternative is gum graft.
A gum graft (technically known as a gingival graft) is a surgical procedure in which a Specialist Periodontist harvests a certain amount of healthy gum tissue from a nearby area and stitch it over the root of the affected tooth to cover the recession. The healing is impressive.
The first step to understand your journey and the process of gingival grafting is to visit an expert Periodontist.
Get a full dental analysis by contacting our expert team today.
Dr. Olivier Carcuac
Specialist Peridontics & Implantology
Dr. Olivier Carcuac is a Board Certified Periodontist in UAE and Research Associate at the Department of Periodontology, Sahlgrenska University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Graduated (DDS) in 1998.
He received his certificate as specialist in Periodontics (MSc Clin Perio) in 2008 and the degree of Odont. Dr. (PhD) in 2015 from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr. Carcuac is a member of the editorial board of Clinical Oral Implants Research and serves as a referee in several other journals. His research includes peri-implant biological complications, their etiopathogenesis and treatment, in both pre-clinical and clinical settings.
He also has a passion for aesthetic periodontal procedures as well as aesthetic implant dentistry.
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