If your teeth look longer than they once did, it’s a sign of gum recession. As your gums recede, it exposes your tooth roots and can create serious oral health problems — including tooth loss if you don’t seek treatment. To counter gum recession, experienced dentists Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, offer gum rejuvenation treatments at the Global Facial Aesthetics office. Learn how gum rejuvenation can restore your oral health by calling the River Forest, Illinois, office or booking your consultation online.
Gum rejuvenation is a type of treatment that focuses on the restoration of receding gums. When gums recede, it gradually exposes your tooth roots, creating pockets where bacteria accumulate.
The bacteria attack the rest of your gum tissue and also your teeth, potentially leading to tooth loosening and even tooth loss.
Because gum recession usually happens slowly, it's important to watch for symptoms and to have regular checkups. With an early diagnosis, you can begin gum rejuvenation treatments that rebuild lost gums, preserve your gum health, and prevent progression.
Gum recession can be hard to spot if you're not paying close attention. When you brush and floss your teeth every day, look closely at your gums and teeth to observe changes. Some telltale signs that you might need gum rejuvenation include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, book an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics as soon as possible. Of course, the experienced specialists also carefully screen for signs of gum recession during your routine in-office dental hygiene and checkups.
Gum rejuvenation treatment varies with the underlying cause of your gum recession. If you have slight gum recession due to controllable factors, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes to start with.
That can mean brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush instead of a hard one or scheduling teeth cleanings more often. While these changes won't restore your gums, they can prevent progression.
If you've lost significant gum tissue, you may need gum rejuvenation surgery. Your dentist can perform a gum graft — which relocates gum tissue from one area to another — or a procedure to shift your gum tissue over and protect the receding area.
After gum rejuvenation, your dentist can help you maintain your gums through regular checkups, consistent teeth cleanings, a healthy diet, and other preventive measures.
Gum rejuvenation can strengthen your teeth’s support system while also enhancing your appearance. Learn more about gum restoration treatments by calling Global Facial Aesthetics or clicking the online appointment maker.