Gum Recession

Gum Recession Factors

Receding gums occur when the gum tissue starts to pull back from the root portion of the tooth structure. Dr. Evelyn T. Huamán and Dr. Jun Flores can evaluate your tissues and determine if you are affected by gum recession in San Diego, CA. Causes of gum recession include:

  • Gingivitis that Progresses to Periodontal Disease
  • Genetic Predisposition to Gum Disease
  • Tooth Brushing Routine
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Using Tobacco Products
  • Teeth Grinding or Clenching Habits

Steps to Prevent Receding Gums in San Diego, CA

You may be able to prevent gum recession by:

  • Keeping up with your dental cleanings and checkup schedule
  • Refraining from tobacco use
  • Eating a healthy and well balanced diet
  • Using proper brushing techniques
  • Correcting bite misalignment and teeth grinding issues

Gum Disease Affects Your Smile

Gum Recession in San Diego, CA

If the gums start to wear down or pull away from the roots of the teeth, your teeth can become more sensitive and a disappearing gum line may affect the quality of your smile. Gum recession is one of the signs of gum disease but may also occur as a result of mechanical or functional problems in the mouth. Once the gums have receded, they do not grow back and the recession occurs very gradually. You will need appropriate treatment to avoid losing your teeth.

Some signs of gum recession include: teeth appearing longer than they used to, a small dent or notch around the gum line, or tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Drs. Huaman and Flores can discuss treatment options to prevent further tissue breakdown.

Gum recession treatment options include deep cleanings, pocket depth reduction, or laser gum surgery to first treat gum disease. Once your gum disease is under control, Drs. Huamán and Flores may then recommend the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™), soft tissue grafting, or tissue regeneration to restore lost gum tissue.

Gum recession is a condition that should always be addressed. For more information about treatment options for receding gums in San Diego, CA or gingivitis and periodontal disease treatment, set up your consultation with Drs. Huamán and Flores today!