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Treatment for receding gums, one of the first symptoms of gum disease, varies from non-surgical solutions to a variety of surgery procedures. Healthy gums are the Skin of Your Teeth®. Receding gums treatment restores healthy gums and helps prevent more serious forms of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems.
If you are experiencing any of these six symptoms of receding gums, talk to your dentist about the best treatment options.
For a mild case of gum recession, a deep cleaning may take care of the problem. Also known as tooth scaling and root planning, this type of treatment for receding gums removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and roots below the gum line. Plaque is a biofilm, composed of bacteria and the sticky substances they secrete, which cover the surface of the teeth. If you don’t do a good job of removing the plaque with proper daily dental care, plaque will harden into tartar that can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
During the deep cleaning, a dental professional also smoothes, or planes, the exposed root area so that it is more difficult for bacteria to stick to it. An antibiotic may also be prescribed to remove any harmful remaining bacteria.
For more advanced cases of receding gums, treatment options involve surgery performed by your dentist or periodontist (a specialist that treats diseases of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth). Depending on the severity of your gum recession, one of the following surgical procedures will be used:
“I have been using the PeriClean toothbrush for the past six months — since Dr. Gruber gave it to me. Once I got used to the feeling of brushing without bristles, I was fine with the experience. My teeth were perfectly clean after six months and my gums were very healthy. Dr. Gruber even believes that the one tooth where I have some gum recession had an improvement. He thinks the gum there has even grown back a little!” Jessica B.