Receding Gums

Can you fix receding gums?

Receding Gums: Causes & Lasting Treatments

Gums pulling away from your teeth? Teeth appearing longer as a result with black pockets forming in between? It's time to act. Rebuilding the gums naturally with at-home methods is only going to waste time. Active gum disease that's not correctly managed will cause the gum recession to get worse, at-home methods will not rebuild your gums. They don't grow back, so professional intervention is crucial for avoiding tooth loss and further recession. Book appointment.

Should I worry about receding gums?

Without causing too much alarm, gum recession should give you cause to be concerned. Once gums start to recede, they cannot grow back, and simply, it cannot be reversed.

While we can cosmetically improve the look of the teeth and gums, we will focus on preventing the recession from worsening.

The sooner you see a dentist, the better – and if you’re in a late stage of gum recession, it’s recommended to seek a periodontist, a specialist in this area.

What causes gums to recede?

Other than ageing and brushing too hard, poor oral health and gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession. If you’ve progressed past the gingivitis stage of gum disease, curing the problem is not possible, but managing and preventing consequences like gum recession and tooth loss is. Good oral hygiene needs to become a habit alongside regular hygiene sessions and the involvement of a periodontist.

Common receding gum symptoms

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
  • Pain at the gum line and gaps between teeth
  • Visibly shrinking gums and exposed tooth roots
  • Loose teeth (movement more than 1mm)

Treatments to fight gum recession

Gum surgery, called open flap scaling and planing, is often recommended when non-surgical treatment hasn’t worked and deep cleaning is not enough. The affected gum tissue is folded back to gain better access to clean and smooth the tooth roots.

Laser gum surgery is another avenue we can explore to remove diseased and inflamed gum tissue from the pocket and is known as a cutting-edge procedure to treat gum disease effectively.

Aesthetic fixes, like gum veneers, can be used to hide a large portion of gum tissue and composite bonding to close gaps and reduce sensitivity.

Receding gums stages

  1. Gingivitis is the beginning of gum inflammation, where gums are sore, swollen and tender, and look pinker and puffier than usual.
  2. Early periodontitis – gum inflammation that leads to deep pockets between teeth and gums. Pain when brushing and flossing alongside bad breath and tooth sensitivity.
  3. Moderate periodontitis – bacteria spreads below the gum line, causing damage to the bone and tissue holding teeth. Gums become sore, and swollen gums produce foul-tasting discharge.
  4. Severe periodontitis – teeth appear longer, are loose, and begin to move as gums cannot keep them firmly in place. Increased risk of tooth loss.
  5. Advanced periodontitis – if you’ve reached this stage, you’ve likely lost some teeth, with the remaining teeth being loose. Bone loss is common.

How to stop receding gums from getting worse

You can stop receding gums from worsening at home by increasing your oral hygiene care and being careful not to brush too hard. Make sure to floss after every meal, and using a medicated periodontal mouthwash can also be handy.

Also, schedule regular deep cleaning and hygienist sessions to ensure your teeth are clean in the areas you cannot reach or manage at home.

Working with a periodontist will also be essential for managing your gum disease and preventing it from progressing into more advanced forms of the disease.