Are your teeth getting longer or are your gums covering less of them? When gum disease advances from gingivitis, its early stages, to periodontitis, it’s advanced stages, it begins to slowly eat away at gum tissue. And when the gums start to recede, the teeth begin to appear like their getting longer. Take a look at the symptoms of gum recession and find out what solutions a periodontist can offer you to get your oral health back on track.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Recession?
Until the gum recession becomes painfully obvious, the best way to determine if your gums are receding is to consult with a dentist. However, there are a few symptoms you can look for to help you determine if you have gum disease and are at risk of gum recession:
- •Bleeding gums – if there’s blood in your spittle, when brushing or flossing, becomes a common occurrence, it’s a blood-red warning flag that you need to see a dentist soon.
- •Pain along the gum line – your tender gums are painful at the gum line, it’s a good indicator that the gums are decaying and receding.
Other, more apparent symptoms of gum recession include loose or shifting teeth, the roots of teeth are visible, teeth clearly look longer than they used too, and the gums are severely swollen.
How Can a Periodontist Correct My Gum Recession?
There’s a lot a dentist can do to reverse the early stages of gum disease and stop advanced cases from getting worse:
- Gum surgery – using a laser or a scalpel, a periodontist can carefully remove diseased gum tissue to preserve healthy tissue
- Deep cleaning – this teeth cleaning procedure dips below the gum line to remove tartar from teeth roots and to get rid of bacteria-filled pockets between the roots and the gums. Gum Grafting – because you can regenerate gum tissue that has been ravaged by gum disease, your dentist may have to take gum tissue from another area of add to your receding gum line.