When the gum line begins to recede or separate from the teeth, this is a condition known as gum recession. Although very common, if receding gums are left untreated, the issue can progress, exposing more of the tooth root. Since the root does not have the hard enamel covering like that of the tooth crown, this can make your teeth especially vulnerable to becoming sensitive, forming decay, and eventually becoming loose. In addition, receding gums may indicate a more severe issue is already present, such as gum disease, which is caused by harmful bacteria forming between the gums and teeth in “periodontal pockets.”
Our board-certified periodontal specialist, Dr. Daniel Lauer, has dedicated his career to the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to the gums and other structures surrounding the teeth. Gum recession is one of the issues he frequently treats at Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Dr. Lauer utilizes advanced, minimally invasive solutions to provide effective treatment with significantly less discomfort than traditional gum grafting—a procedure that requires taking a donation of gum tissue typically from the palate and transplanting it onto the area of recession.
“I have been a patient of Dr. Lauer’s for maybe 10 years. He’s saved me more than once, getting my gums back from the brink to happy and healthy”
If there are any preliminary issues that are causing gums to recede, these may need to be addressed before the actual recession can be treated. Mild cases of gum recession can typically be treated with non-invasive options. For example, bite adjustments or a bite guard can prevent further receding by addressing excess force potentially causing the problem. For moderate to severe gum attachment loss, Dr. Lauer may recommend a combination of laser gum treatment and Emdogain™. By combining these two solutions, he can accomplish optimal results without the invasiveness of traditional periodontal surgery.
To learn more about receding gums and the best method for treating your unique case, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauer.