Gum Recession

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons located in Torrance, CA

Your gums are designed to protect your teeth and the underlying bone, serving as a barrier that fights against bacterial invasion. Once gum recession starts, it continues to slowly get worse, putting your teeth at risk. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, at PermaDent® Dental Implant Center have extensive experience successfully treating gum recession. When you need compassionate help with gum problems, call our office in Torrance, California.

Gum Recession Q & A

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession occurs when your gums pull away from your teeth. As the gums move progressively lower, it eventually exposes the roots. 

Receding gums may develop from:

  • Gum disease
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
  • Using a hard toothbrush
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Dentures that don’t fit properly
  • Gum injury
  • Aging

You can also inherit weak or thin gums, which are more likely to recede.

What symptoms develop due to gum recession?

The most obvious symptom you’ll notice is that the affected teeth look longer compared to other teeth where this is no gum recession. Your teeth may also become more sensitive to hot and cold. 

Keep in mind that gums tend to recede slowly, so you won’t suddenly see or feel the changes. When gum recession is due to gum disease, you develop warning signs such as:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red gums
  • Tender or sore gums
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • Change in your bite
  • Loose teeth

Gum recession is common, especially as you get older, so it doesn’t always signal periodontitis. But as the tooth roots are exposed, you’re at risk for dental problems, so it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with our team at PermaDent Dental Implant Center when you notice receding gums.

How is gum recession treated?

After an exam to determine the underlying cause of your gum recession, we can recommend the best treatment to restore your dental health. If aggressive brushing led to receding gums and we catch the problem at an early stage, chances are you only need to change your dental hygiene habits.

If early gum disease, or gingivitis, causes your gum recession, you need treatment such as scaling and root planing to thoroughly remove all plaque. When advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is the culprit, you may need surgery to deep clean the tooth roots or a bone graft to restore damaged bone.

When receding gums have already exposed tooth roots, we may recommend gum graft surgery. During this procedure, we either take a small amount of gum tissue from another area of your mouth or other sources, such as allograft and xenograft, and place it over the exposed root. 

We encourage you to come in for an exam at the earliest sign of gum recession, so we can easily restore healthy gums. Call our team at PermaDent Dental Implant Center.