Gum recession is a dental problem that can expose the tooth root and eventually lead to tooth loss. Dr. Bruce Corbin and Dr. Richard Corbin treat patients with gum recession in Oyster Bay, NY. Increased bacteria in the mouth causes inflammation and infections that destroy gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in place. Remember to schedule routine dental visits in our office so we can keep bacteria in check. A good oral hygiene routine with gentle brushing and flossing are the best preventative measures against gum recession.
Top Causes of Receding Gums
Some of the most common causes of gum recession are:
- Aggressive Tooth Brushing: Using a hard-bristled toothbrush and brushing teeth too hard can cause wear and tear to the teeth and gums. Over time, this can cause gum recession and erode the tooth enamel.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing remove harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums. If this bacteria is not removed, plaque turns into tartar. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that covers the mouth. When plaque is not brushed or flossed, it hardens to form tartar, which is more difficult to remove.
- Gum Disease: Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a serious oral health issue. Although this disease begins with gum irritation and swelling, it can quickly lead to gum recession and even loose teeth. Gum disease not only affects the health of the gums but the teeth as well. Please let us know if you have tender or swollen gums and we can provide preventative treatment against periodontitis.
Treating Gum Recession
Pinhole gum surgery is an effective way for patients to restore their gum tissue. This minimally invasive treatment uses a small needle to create a hole in the gums. Through this hole, we can reposition the gum tissue to make a gum line. Then, we place collagen strips beneath the gums. These strips help the gums recover naturally.
For patients who have receded gums caused by gum disease, we offer scaling and root planing as well as laser dental treatment. Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning treatments that remove plaque and tartar from the gums and tooth roots. Dental lasers target damaged gum tissue and help remove the infection.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
If you are a new patient to Corbin Dental, call our office at (516) 922-5888. Current patients can call us at (516) 922-5888. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Bruce or Richard Corbin on our website.