A receding gum line is a fairly common occurrence, and one that sometimes goes unnoticed for a long time because it generally happens slowly over a period of many months and even years. This condition, known as gum recession, can occur without initial symptoms. Over time, however, it usually results in heightened sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods.
The solution for this condition is a surgical procedure called gum grafting. It is a fairly simple and quick procedure – performed by a periodontist – that involves removing healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafting it onto the receding gum line.
It’s important to treat gum recession because it can lead to tooth loss.
What causes gum recession?
The clearest cause of gum recession is gum disease, which is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque that collects on teeth can spread onto the gums and cause soreness and infection. Along with receding gums, other very unpleasant symptoms may appear, including bad breath, abscesses (fluid-filled swelling), loose teeth, and pain.
Other possible reasons we need to consider for the appearance of gum recession are hormonal fluctuations (especially in our pregnant and menopausal patients), heredity (some people are genetically more likely to experience receding gum line), bruxism (teeth-grinding and clenching), bite problems, smoking (not surprisingly, a leading cause of gum disease and, therefore, gum recession).
Gum disease isn’t the only cause of gum recession. Brushing your teeth too hard – especially if you use a firm-bristled brush – may cause your gum line to recede. To prevent this from occurring, simply brush carefully and gently using a soft-bristled brush, focusing particularly on the part of your teeth that meet the gum line.
Looking for gum-recession remedies in downtown Montreal?
At Comfort Care Dental Clinic in Montreal, we perform two specific surgical procedures to resolve gum-recession issues. Come meet our team of dedicated dental professionals at our clinic conveniently located in downtown Montreal at 2045 Stanley Street, Suite 1100 – a very short distance from Peel metro station.