Gum Recession Treatment in Columbus
Stoner Periodontics has 4 offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is a common side effect of gum disease or periodontitis. Repeated or continual infection of the gums causes pockets to form between the gum and the teeth, and eventually the gum shrinks back from the tooth. Diseased gum tissue dies, and the recession increases. If steps are not taken to address the disease, the gums can recede all the way to the root of the tooth.
Recession of the gums can happen extremely slowly, and you may not realize it is happening until it has progressed. Receded gums that expose the tooth root can lead to decay, infection, and deterioration of the underlying bone. There are several treatments that can help restore health to receding gums, including laser therapy and pinhole surgery, and gingival grafts.
How Can I Avoid Gum Recession?
In most cases, extreme forms of gum recession can be avoided with a good oral hygiene routine. Take the following steps to help prevent gum recession:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily (morning and night)
- Floss at least once daily, but preferably each time you brush
- Use oral rinses to help rid your mouth of lingering bacteria
- Make and keep appointments every six months for a checkup and deep cleaning
Patients who wear dentures may be victims of gum recession if their dentures do not fit correctly. If you feel this might be an issue, call our Stoner Periodontic Specialists for a consultation. We can evaluate your dentures and discuss tooth replacement options (such as dental implants or all on four denture supported implants) that may be a healthier option for you.
Call Stoner Periodontics Specialists today at (614) 889-8222 for your Gum Recession Treatment consultation.
Let us help you regain the lost confidence in your smile and improve your oral health with advanced gum recession treatments and therapy.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
There are many reasons gums may recede, and while a few are genetic (and have to be treated remedially) most are related to oral health care and can be prevented or their progression halted.
How do I know if I have Gum Recession?
Slowly progressing gum recession can be easy to miss, so stay alert for these warning signs:
- Sensitivity to cold foods and beverages
- Bleeding of the gums
- A lighter colored band on the tooth near the gumline
- A “toothier” smile with tooth roots visible.
If you suspect gum recession is happening to you, contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists for an evaluation.
What are the Dangers of Gum Recession
Significant concerns regarding progressive gum recession include:
- An aesthetically displeasing smile due to uneven, shrunken gums
- Tooth sensitivity to cold or touch stimuli
- Loss of “firm collar” tissue that surrounds the tooth and protects the underlying bone
- Formation of cavities in the root of the tooth
- Loosened or lost teeth due to extreme gum recession and bone loss
When the “collar” of attached tissue that fits tightly around your tooth and protects the root recedes, the root is exposed. The roots of your teeth are porous in nature, much like a sponge, with tiny holes and tunnels called tubules. These tiny openings can quickly be colonized by bacteria carried on food particles and by products that get past the damaged gum tissue. This invasion of bacteria causes infection, loss of mineralization of the tooth, and root cavities on exposed surfaces.
Don’t Worry…Gum Recession Can Be Treated!
Stoner Periodontic Specialists incorporates the most advanced, least invasive technologies for the correction of gum recession. In many cases, the gum can be reattached in the correct position to cover the root. With more advanced gum recession, gum grafts, transplants or acellular dermal may be used to cover the exposed root.
Pinhole surgical technique is well-documented procedure with a high success rate, but it is less commonly used due to the time and technical skill required to perform it. Dr. Stoner is specifically trained and experienced in this advanced, minimally-invasive procedure, which can deliver the fastest, most comfortable solution to gum recession and the shortest healing time.
Like laparoscopy, this form of gum treatment requires the least possible number of surgical entry points, with the work being done below the surface of the gum with minimal disruption to tissues and blood flow. The result is a rapid recovery as there is less trauma to the site and healing is extremely fast. Time in the chair is also minimal, with most procedures taking only 20-45 minutes to complete depending on the severity of the gum recession.
Schedule a Checkup to Evaluate Your Gum Recession
Contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists if you would like more information about gum recession symptoms or treating gum recession. Our trained staff can answer any and all questions you may have about gum recession, and the dental hygiene team is happy to help you with your at-home oral health plan. Contact us to schedule a dental check-up by calling our office (614) 889-8222 or by using our online Contact Form.