Gum recession occurs when gum tissue begins to shrink or pull away from the roots of teeth. Visible tooth roots are one of the main indications of gum recession, but increased tooth sensitivity is often a sign as well. If you are experiencing gum recession, call 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation at our Cherry Creek office right away.
Some amount of gum recession can be caused by aging. If you have a genetic predisposition to gum recession, this may be more pronounced, particularly if you have engaged in activities that exacerbate a loss of gum tissue. These include:
- Inadequate dental hygiene
- Overly aggressive brushing
- Untreated periodontal disease
Once gum recession begins, existing damage cannot be reversed. You can, however, halt its progression by switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush, making sure you brush after every meal and snack, flossing twice daily, and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings. If gum recession is present, we can discuss treatment options during these visits to protect your teeth and help prevent sensitivity and pain.
Gum Recession Treatments
Gum recession cannot be reversed, but current damage can be addressed through both general and cosmetic dentistry services. Most commonly tooth roots are simply covered with dental bonding, providing a protective layer while restoring a consistent shade to the tooth. If gum recession is excessive, grafting procedures may be needed to fully restore contour to the gum line. Which option is right for your needs is something best determined during your gum recession treatment consultation at our comfortable and welcoming office.
If you are dealing with gum recession in the Metro Denver area, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a treatment consultation today. We welcome patients from Englewood, Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, and surrounding areas.