I Think My Gums Are Receding

Receding gum line is a common concern among many individuals. It often goes unnoticed, which could delay the treatment required to replenish their volume and health. At our dental practice, we give equal prominence to the teeth and gums, as both of them form an integral part of your oral setup.

Why are Your Gums Receding?

There could be various reasons why the gums recede below their ideal gum line. Some of them are:

  • The most prominent cause of receding gums is improper brushing and flossing techniques. If you brush or floss too aggressively or for  longer, the gums could be irritated and gradually recede. The same would be the result of using a hard-bristled toothbrush.
  • Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to a receding gum line. The microbial deposits near the gum line release toxins that lead to swelling, bleeding, and receding gum line.
  • Heredity could also be a prominent reason for receding the gum line. In some instances, aging could also lead to gum recession.

What are the Symptoms?

When the gums recede below the ideal gum line, they could expose the tooth roots to the foods we eat. This can lead to increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods.

The teeth tend to appear longer than they are, which may make your smile appear displeasing. Also, the space between adjacent teeth could seem wider due to receding gums.

The risk of losing teeth due to loosened gums is higher.

How can the Condition be Treated?

Most cases of minor gum recession do not require treatment. When you visit our dental practice, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the oral condition and determine whether or not it requires treatment. Some of the treatment methods are:

  • Oral cleaning:Removing the plaque and tartar deposits from the gum line is a simple yet effective means to prevent gum recession due to gum disease. Once the microbial deposits are removed, the gums start to heal naturally. Also, the toxins released by the microbes will be stopped, thereby preventing further gum recession.
  • Restoration: The exposed surfaces of the tooth roots can be covered using dental veneers or composite bonding. Both these materials are tooth-colored, which enables you to retain your pleasing smile.
  • Gum graft:In extreme cases of gum disease where the gums have receded alarmingly low, we may have to artificially replenish their volume through gum graft. Healthy gum tissues will be harvested from the palate of the mouth and grafted to the receded region. A suitable healing period will be suggested to allow the newly grafted tissues to fuse with the existing ones and increase the overall volume.

Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.


9524 S Halsted St
Chicago,IL, 60628

Roy B. Guster DDS PC

9524 S Halsted St

Tel: (773) 445-1009

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