Gum recession - Harrisonburg, VA

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What causes receding gums?

Gum recession can be brought on by a number of different causes. These include:

Plaque and bacterial buildup can irritate the gum tissue and cause it to detach from the surfaces of your teeth.

Patients who brush their teeth too hard run the risk of damaging the tissue. Eventually, the tissue can begin to wear down and expose the tooth root.

Most women experience a significant rise in hormone levels during pregnancy. This can increase the chances of periodontal disease and receding gums.

Misaligned teeth can cause problems with your bite that place extra pressure on your gums. Over time, this can lead to a receding gum line.

How is gum recession treated?

We will first need to address any active periodontal disease. Gum recession that occurs as a result of mild periodontal disease can be treated fairly simply. The Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute doctors can perform a deep cleaning and provide locally administered antibiotics in order to eliminate bacteria. However, moderate to severe cases can be a bit more difficult. There are a few different treatments that we may recommend depending on the nature and severity of your case:

Your doctor will gently fold back the infected tissue to allow access to the bacteria located beneath the gum line. This may also be accomplished with laser gum surgery.

After pocket depth reduction, the Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute doctors can use a regenerative material to stimulate regrowth of bone and tissue in the areas affected by periodontal disease.

This procedure is a minimally invasive method of replacing gum tissue lost to gum recession. A small opening is made in the gums through which special instruments are introduced to loosen and restore gum tissue to a healthier level.

These procedures involve taking a tissue sample from the mouth and grafting it onto the gum line in order to restore it to a healthier level. 

Since periodontal disease is often the cause of gum recession, it is important to treat this condition first before we can restore your gum line. If you are suffering from receding gums in Harrisonburg, VA, contact Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute to find out which treatment is best for you!

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