How To Treat Receding Gums

Posted on 7/24/2023 by Thomas Wold, DMD
How To Treat Receding GumsReceding gums is a form of periodontal disease and it occurs when your gums move backward and expose the roots of your teeth. Receding gums occurs gradually, therefore it is hard to notice the gums moving backward. In fact, most people who have receding gums do not even know they have it. Other symptoms that are associated with receding gums are swollen gums bad breath and loose teeth. 
So, what causes receding gums? Several factors, such as smoking, excessive brushing, diabetes, H.I. V and other periodontal diseases, can all cause receding gum. Receding gums cause sensitivity and pain, which is uncomfortable. The treatment for receding gums will heavily depend on the severity of your case. However, here are the treatment options that your dentist may recommend;


After examining your gums, your dentist may prescribe medication, especially if they find an infection in the gum. Usually, the dentist will prescribe antibiotics. If the dentist finds that the gum recession is caused by underlying problems, they may recommend other different medications such as antiseptic chips and antimicrobial mouthwash.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves applying composite resin to the teeth. It is a good way to treat the sensitivity that comes with receding gums. The dentist will pick a composite resin that matches the color of your tooth. The dentist applies a bonding agent and then molds the composite resin. Thereafter, they will dry the resin under UV light.


Dentists recommend surgery in severe cases of receding gums. It is a long-lasting treatment option for receding gums. A gum specialist known as a periodontist does the procedure. The periodontist will perform gum graft surgery. It involves placing a gum graft to replace the missing section. This gum graft usually comes from the roof of your mouth. The main aim of grafting is to revive the gum tissue. However, if you do not take proper oral care, the grafting will not work.

Open flap surgery is another treatment option for receding gums. It involves deep tissue cleaning. The periodontist will fold the affected gum tissue and then remove any bacteria from the tissue. The periodontist will put the gum tissue back into position.

As stated earlier, receding gums will cause sensitivity and pain, but if left untreated, it could lead to serious problems such as tooth loss, tooth mobility, or even bone loss. Therefore, it is best to consult with your dentist to prevent any further problems.
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