If you are noticing that your gums are pulling back or your teeth appear larger than normal, you may have some level of gum recession. One of the most common gum recession causes is periodontal disease but this condition may also be a result of hormonal changes, genetics, and several other reasons. Once the gums recede, they do not grow back, so it is important for Dr. Frederick Olden to address the issue and ensure that no further recession occurs. Without proper treatment, you could end up losing your teeth.
Causes of Gum Recession
There are many gum recession causes, including:
• Gum Disease - Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the mouth which can destroy both gum and bone tissues.
• Genetics - Some people are more likely to develop gum disease if there is a familial history.
• Tooth Brushing Regimen - If you do not use the appropriate tooth brushing technique, you may end up wearing down your tooth structure, which can contribute to gum recession.
• Dental Hygiene Habits - If you are not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly, you may end up with excessive plaque which can set the stage for the development of gum disease.
• Hormonal Changes - Changing hormone levels can increase gum tenderness as well as the risk of developing receding gums.
• Tobacco Product Use - If you smoke or chew tobacco products, you may be more likely to develop gum recession.
• Grinding or Clenching of the Teeth - Putting too much pressure on the teeth can make your teeth shift or cause receding gums.
• Crooked Teeth or Bite Misalignment - If the teeth are misaligned, you may end up putting extra pressure on some parts of the gum and bone which can cause receding gums.
• Body Piercing - If your tongue or lips have been pierced, the jewelry can irritate the gum tissue and cause damage.
Gum Recession Causes - Treatment Options
Dr. Olden uses several techniques to treat gum recession. If the recession is extensive, a soft tissue graft may be your best option for restoring that beautiful smile. Other procedures include pocket depth reduction and gum tissue regeneration. If the gum recession is a result of periodontal disease, you will need to be treated for gum disease before we can perform any type of procedure to restore the gums.
Are you looking for a University Park, TX periodontist for gum recession treatment? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Olden today!