Receding Gums

Receding gums are a common dental issue among many Gold Coast residents visiting Sunshine Boulevard Dental. Gum recession involves the pulling back or wearing away of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, exposing more of the tooth or its root. This condition not only affects the aesthetics of your smile but can also lead to tooth sensitivity and other oral health problems.
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What is the Cause of Receding Gums?

Gum recession can be caused by several factors:

  • Periodontal diseases: Gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are the most common causes of gum recession. These infections damage gum tissue and the supporting bone structure, leading to recession.
  • Aggressive brushing: Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear away enamel and cause the gums to recede.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Insufficient dental care can lead to plaque buildup, which can eventually turn into tartar, a hard substance that builds on and between your teeth and can lead to gum recession.
  • Tobacco products: Regular use of tobacco products can cause sticky plaque to attach more firmly to your teeth, which can lead to gum recession.
  • Genetic factors: Some individuals are more inclined to gum disease, regardless of their oral care routine.
  • Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormones, particularly in women during phases like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums more sensitive and more prone to recession.
  • Teeth grinding: Grinding or clenching your teeth can put excessive force on the teeth, leading to receding gums.

Exploring Treatments for Receding Gums

At Sunshine Boulevard Dental, we are dedicated to offering a range of treatments tailored to address the specific causes and severity of receding gums. Following a thorough examination to understand the particular needs of your condition, our skilled dental team will recommend the most suitable treatments for you.

Some common treatments for receding gums include:

Scaling and Root Planing

This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar build-up both above and below the gum line, and smoothing out the tooth roots to help reattach the gums to the teeth.

Gum Graft Surgery

In more severe cases, a gum graft may be necessary. This involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth, such as the palate, and attaching it to the affected area to cover the exposed root and restore the gum line.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

A minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, this technique involves making a small hole in the gum tissue and using special instruments to gently loosen and reposition the gum over the exposed root.

Regenerative Procedures

If the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to gum recession, procedures to regenerate lost bone and tissue may be recommended. This might involve using grafts or growth factors to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and gum tissue.

Adjustment of Oral Care Routine

Our team will also advise on the best oral hygiene practices and tools to use, such as softer toothbrushes and gentle brushing techniques, to prevent further gum recession.

Lifestyle Changes

Modifying certain lifestyle habits, such as quitting smoking and addressing teeth grinding, can also play a significant role in treating and preventing further gum recession.

Beyond these treatments, we provide ongoing support and guidance to maintain the health of your gums and prevent recurrence.

Addressing receding gums is crucial not only for maintaining the health and appearance of your smile but also for protecting against more serious dental issues. Regular dental visits to Sunshine Boulevard Dental are essential for early detection and management of gum recession, as well as for maintaining overall oral health.

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