gum recession

Best Option for Gum Recession

  LAST UPDATED JULY 31, 2017

Gum recession occurs when a margin of tissue wears away from a tooth and exposes its root. Receding gum line could be an early sign of gum disease. When a gum line recedes, gaps form near the gum line and teeth. The gaps make it easier for bacteria to build up. The bone structure and supporting tissues will cause major damage if the receding gum line is left untreated. As a result, the tooth may need to be removed.

FAQ

Why Do Gums Recede?

Periodontal diseases are gum infections that damage supporting bone and gum tissues that keep the teeth in place.

Aggressive brushing also causes gum problems. Teeth should never be brushed the wrong way or too hard because improper brushing makes the gum line recede and wears away enamel.

Inefficient flossing and brushing also allow plaque to turn into tartar. Tartar is a tough substance that must be removed by a professional. It builds up in between the teeth, which causes a receding gum line.

How Dentists Treat Gum Recession?

Deep cleaning the affected area by visiting a dentist or orthodontist is a common treatment option. This procedure is called tooth scaling; the process involves removing tartar and plaque from the teeth and root surface carefully. The orthodontist will smooth out the exposed root to prevent bacteria growth. In some cases, antibiotics are used to eliminate any remaining bacteria. If deep cleaning cannot treat gum recession because of excessive bone loss, gum surgery may be needed.

What Are The Gum Recession Surgery Options?

During a pocket depth reduction procedure, the orthodontist folds the damaged gum tissue back and removes the bacteria from the pockets. Then, the gum tissue is secured over the tooth’s root, which eliminates the pockets or decreases their size.

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Regeneration is required if gum disease destroys the bone that supports the teeth. This procedure involves folding the gum tissue back to eliminate bacteria. The dental professional then applies a graft tissue to encourage natural bone regeneration in the affected area. Once the material is in place, the gum tissue is placed securely over the root.

A soft tissue graft is another surgical option; there are a few types of procedures, but a connective tissue graft is the most common. During this procedure, the dental professional cuts a flap of skin at the roof of a patient’s mouth. The dentist also cuts tissue under the flap.

How Can I Prevent Gum Recession?

Proper dental care is the best way to prevent gum recession. Patients should brush and floss their teeth every day, and a dentist should be seen twice a year. However, when patients have gum recession, dental checkups need to be more often.

How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

Best Option for Gum Recession

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5 [Signs] that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Although these fall in no particular order of importance, I’ll highlight five signs you may need braces, regardless of your age.

You may need braces if...

1.) You have an uncomfortable bite.Does your bite feel funny? Do you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together? Do you bite down and have a big space between your upper and lower teeth (an overbite)? Can you put your tongue between your upper and lower teeth? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, you may need braces. You may also feel comfortable eating and chewing, bit that large space between your upper and lower teeth puts the teeth in a position where they can’t protect themselves that well (in addition to being unaesthetic).

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw forwards or backwards. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an underbite. Your lower teeth stick out further than your top ones. With an underbite, it’s hard to chew, and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

Foods

2.) Food gets stuck in between your teeth.  Does chicken or steak get stuck in between a couple of teeth? If so, it usually means you have a “food pocket,” which forms when you have a small space between one tooth and another. That space causes food, usually meat, to get stuck because you’re chewing and grinding harder on meat. It will also more easily get wedged in between your teeth. If you don’t floss often, it may sit there for days or weeks, before the saliva takes care of it. Saliva can take a long time to flush it out and remove it. In the meantime, bacteria attack this food and create a “nest” for plaque to live in. You then develop problems like cavities and gum inflammation or recession. Underneath your gums, you’ll develop bone defects, and your bone will slowly fade away.

Difficulties

3.) Your teeth are crowded. Are your lower front teeth crowded? From a functional standpoint, if your teeth are crowded and overlapped, it’s even difficult for a professional hygienist to ensure your teeth surfaces stay clean. When they’re crowded, there may be two, three, or four surfaces contacting other teeth, and creating pockets and wedges more difficult to clean. Crowded teeth should be addressed to ensure you maintain the health of your gums and bones.

4.) You have speech issues. Have you been concerned about how your child’s speech is developing and how they pronounce certain words? The position of their teeth may affect his speech. Some of letters are difficult to say if the teeth are in a bad position. If he has a large overbite, the teeth are crowded or inclined; it may be difficult to get his tongue between the teeth. If your son or daughter has any speech issues, they may stem from the position of the teeth.

5.) You have difficulty sleeping.  Do you wake up after sleeping and still feel tired? Do you find yourself falling asleep when you sit down, whether it’s to watch a show after work or do homework during the day? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, consider these signs you didn't get a good night’s sleep. For many, it can be sleep apnea. For some, sleep apnea’s a neurological disorder. But for most people, it’s an airway disorder. Sleep apnea is treated different ways depending on your age. For a child, the airway is widened to increase the volume of air taken in--no appliance needed. But, many adults need a CPAP machine to position their jaws and maximize air flow.

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How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics

239 Garrisonville Rd. Suite #101 Stafford,Virginia

Phone: 540-659-6300 Fax: 540-288-0706

Do I Need Braces?

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