Causes and Treatment

Gum recession generally occurs from aggressive tooth brushing and/or periodontal disease. These issues can lead to problems such as:

  • Root sensitivity
  • Loss of bone
  • Unattractive smile
  • Tooth decay
  • Plaque build up
  • Risk of future recession

It is suggested to have a professional deep cleaning done by your dentist when treating receding gums. This process removes bacteria, plaque and tartar build up on the teeth and exposed roots in order to assist in gum healing and prevent further recession.

If your gum recession is much more extensive, a gum graft (connective-tissue graft) is necessary. Connective-tissue grafts are the most common procedure when it comes to gum recession. During the procedure an incision is created on the roof of your mouth (palate) and a flap of skin is cut. Tissue from underneath the flap (called sub-epithelial connective tissue) is removed and stitched to the gum that has receded and exposed root. The flap on the roof of your mouth is then stitched closed at the end of your procedure.

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For a week post the connective tissue graft, it is advised to eat soft foods such as eggs, pastas, soups etc. The estimated recovery period after a connective tissue graft is one-two weeks. You should be able to return to your normal duties and work the day after the surgery.

If you suspect that your gums are receding and/or you are having sensitivity from hot and cold, come and have one of our doctors evaluate, diagnose, and treat your gum disease! Call us on 02 9531 1312 or book a consultation online via out booking page!

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