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Dealing with Gum Recession

woman with receding gumlines

Gum recession can cause sensitivity and make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.  It’s a very common dental condition but it should be addressed quickly so that it doesn’t get worse.

What Causes Gum Recession?

 There are different factors that lead to gum recession.  It can be something that you can’t help, like your genetic makeup and oral anatomy, or a problem that can be easily fixed, like brushing too hard.

Bite issues, gum disease, tobacco use, and grinding or clenching your teeth are also causes of gum recession. Purity Dental in Mulgrave can help you figure out the underlying cause and help you come up with the best solution to correct it.

Why Does Gum Recession Cause Sensitivity?

Gum recession causes the roots of our teeth (which are extremely sensitive to certain temperatures) to be exposed.

  

What Can Be Done?

Depending on the severity of the gum recession, there are different treatment options our dentist in Mulgrave may want you to consider.

  • Desensitizers

There are several products available that can be placed on the root of your tooth to desensitize it. A fluoride varnish can temporarily eliminate discomfort. A bonding agent can also be placed over the root to create a protective layer.

  • Composite restorations

The area of gum recession can be filled in with a composite material, eliminating discomfort.

  • Surgery

In some severe cases, you may need to undergo oral surgery to correct the issue. During this procedure, our Mulgrave dentist may take a portion of healthy gum tissue and graft it to the receding area.

 

What Can We Do for You?

If you’re struggling with the effects of gum recession, the dentist at Purity Dental in Mulgrave will gladly take a look and come up with a solution for your problem.  Don’t suffer any longer, give us a call today.