Gum Disease

Gum disease can cause gum recession

gum-disease-recession-lethbridgeGum recession is one of the few dental related problems that you can clearly identify on your own, especially if the recession takes place on the upper, front teeth.

However, gum recession doesn’t only occur where it’s easily seen. It can take place on any tooth in your mouth such as hard to reach areas in the back of your mouth.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession usually occurs as a result of gum disease, when the edge of the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth wears away or pulls back and exposes the root of the tooth. When your gums recede,  ‘pockets’ form between the teeth and gum line, making it easier for gum disease-causing bacteria to build up.

If gum disease is left untreated, the soft tissue and bone structures of your mouth can be damaged, sometimes resulting in tooth loss.  Additionally, the inflammation that’s present in your mouth can impact your entire system and contribute to other health issues in other areas of your body. Read more.

How is gum disease treated?

If your gum recession is mild, the area can often be treated by a professional cleaning of  the affected area. During the deep cleaning, the tarter and plaque that has built up is carefully and gently removed and the exposed root area is smoothed. This smoothing of the root area makes it more difficult for bacteria to invade and attach themselves again.

After your treatment, we’ll show you ways to clean the affected areas to help minimize any more recession.  If you have any remaining bacterial infection under the gum line, an antibiotic may be prescribed.

Gums need help to stage a comeback

Once receded, gums don’t grow back on their own. If your gums have receded to a point where they cause serious pain or other problems, Dr. Lachman can discuss treatment options with you, such as whether or not a surgical gum replacement procedure makes sense.

Non-surgical treatments

Like most healthcare professionals, Dr. Karstan Lachman believes the best treatment option is almost always the one that’s the least  invasive and most cost-effective. Often, this is accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tarter).

During your treatment, we’ll help you understand why the gum recession occurred in the first place, and how you can alter your oral hygiene practices at home to prevent it.  Ongoing professional maintenance to the affected area will help prevent the recession situation worsening.  After the scaling and root planning is completed, most patients don’t require further surgical treatment.

Periodontal surgery

If gum disease is the culprit in your gum recession problems, Dr. Lachman may recommend periodontal surgery. This is necessary when the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and can’t be repaired with non-surgical treatment. There are four types of surgical treatments dentists use to treat gum recession:

  1. Pocket Reduction Procedure
  2. Regenerative Procedure
  3. Dental Crown Lengthening
  4. Gum Graft Surgery

Dental implants

If you’ve already lost a tooth to gum disease or another reason, you may be interested in dental implants, which can be a natural-looking tooth replacement option.

What’s the right cosmetic dental treatment option for you?

In addition to procedures to treat gum disease, Dr. Lachman offers cosmetic dental treatment options to  improve your smile. Often, patients who pursue cosmetic dental treatment procedures may notice improved function as well. Cosmetic dental procedures include:

To understand what is really best for you requires a full examination of the affected area. After Dr. Lachman has a chance to exam your mouth and determine the extent of your gum recession, he’ll be able to explain your options and discuss the right treatment for you.