Treatment Options for Receding Gums

Gum recession is very common. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as many as 50% of people have some degree of gum recession in at least one location. There are several factors that can cause your gums to recede. Since gum (periodontal) disease is one of the factors in gum recession, you shouldn’t ignore it. 

At The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Implants and Periodontology in Beverly Hills, California, our periodontist Dr. Jean-Jacques Elbaz and our dentistry team offer a number of treatment options for receding gums, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

What causes your gums to recede?

Like a receding hairline, receding gums pull back from the teeth, making the teeth look longer, and potentially exposing the roots to bacteria and damage. Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist for regular check ups and cleanings, is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums. However, even people with good oral hygiene habits can have gum recession, also known as gingival recession.

Other factors that can increase your risk of gum recession include:

Gum recession isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and you may not necessarily notice any changes to your gums when you smile or brush your teeth. Many people don’t realize their gums are receding until they go to the dentist for a check up, or notice other symptoms like bleeding or swollen gums when they brush. 

Gum recession treatment

The treatment options for receding gums vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of the recession. If your gum recession is mild, a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar buildup under the gumline may be enough to reverse your symptoms and prevent further recession. This procedure is also known as scaling and root planing.

For mild-to-advanced cases, periodontal surgery and gum grafts may be necessary to remove plaque, tartar, damaged tissue, and to cover exposed portions of the root. Dr. Elbaz and our team of highly skilled dental hygienists offer non-invasive laser therapy in our Beverly Hills office for gum grafts and periodontal surgery. 

Laser therapy has a number of benefits over traditional oral surgery such as less bleeding and swelling, greater accuracy and precision, and a shorter healing and recovery period. The Waterlase laser generally requires the use of less anesthesia and offers a more comfortable treatment experience.

The use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) /PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) is also a treatment option to treat gum recession. The Growth Factors found in the PRP allow the stem cells to be used for a more holistic approach to the gum surgery. Dr. Elbaz will draw the patient’s blood at the time of treatment for this treatment option.

A “Pinhole” procedure is an option for treatment of gum recession. Dermal fillers can also be used.

Healthy gums are critical for your oral and your general health. For more information about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for receding gums, call us at 310-846-9482 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Elbaz online

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