Shrinking Gums: What We Can Do

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Shrinking gums, clinically known as receding gums, are a form of periodontal disease in which the gums pull back from the tooth surface, exposing the root surfaces of the teeth. “A way to recognize gum recession,” says Dr. Bruce Fine of Fine Dental Care in Wayne, NJ, “is when you see your gums pull away from a tooth, making the tooth appear longer at the gum line. Remember the expression, “long in the tooth.” In many cases, this causes sensitive teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss.” Receding gums are caused by a number of different factors, including: bacterial infection, grinding and/or clenching, plaque buildup, brushing too hard or not enough, smoking, diabetes, and possibly a family history of gum disease.

Modern Treatment Options
There are a variety of treatments available, depending on severity of the condition. These treatments can be anything from using a softer tooth brush, to an FDA approved dental device which stops clenching while you’re asleep, to laser therapy which helps sanitize the pocket areas of bacteria that have formed. When diseased areas are maintained properly, it’s actually possible for your bone to regenerate and for gum tissue to re-connect with the tooth surface, preventing further recession and correcting many cases.

LANAP Replaces Traditional Grafting
If the condition has deteriorated to the point where a gum graft has been recommended, it’s comforting to know that there is an alternative to grafting. In this modern age, there is a patented technology for gum recession and root coverage known as “The Pinhole Surgical Technique.” This modern, incision-free, suture-free, nearly painless treatment for receding gums is an alternative to the traditional grafting (cutting and stitching) treatment for receding gums.

“Whether a patient’s recession is mild, extreme, or somewhere in between,” says Dr. Fine, “one thing is for sure, the sooner the diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcome will be.”

Solve Your Gum Recession Problems With Dr. Bruce Fine
If you’d like to find out more about how to solve gum recession problems, you can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Fine at his Wayne office “Fine Dental Care” at (973) 633-5440. Or for more information, visit www.finedentalcare.com