The gum is a protective tissue responsible for covering the tissues underneath it. From time to time, it provides us with the signals of the problems that occur in these tissues at an early stage and ensures that we are not delayed in treatment. From the moment the teeth erupt into our mouths, they are our organs that serve us without rest in the areas of chewing, speaking and smiling together with the gums. We can see recession in our gums, which are exposed to lifelong trauma due to situations such as food, dysfunctional habits (clenching teeth, nail biting, pen biting), hard tooth brushing and gum disorders.
If gingival recession occurs in one or more areas of a tooth, it means that the bone tissue supporting the tooth in that area has also melted.
Should Gum Recession Be Treated?
When our teeth erupt in the mouth, due to their physiology and functions, the parts called crowns are located on the gum and the root parts are located under the bone and gum.
If gingival recession has occurred due to the previously mentioned reasons and the root is exposed, patients may experience sensitivity, pain or aesthetic problems. The root surface, which should be closed, will feel cold and hot, sharp-tasting foods more and will report discomfort. The root surface, which is more sensitive to touch, will wear and even decay over time. Caries starting from the root surface will progress faster than caries in other areas.
Teeth with receding gums appear longer than their neighbors. It causes a bad aesthetic appearance. If gingival recession is not stopped or treated, it means that a process leading to tooth extraction has started.
Is there a treatment for gingival recession? What is it if there is?
As with many ailments, gingival recession has a higher rate of success in early diagnosis. There are treatment options that stop and reverse recession by evaluating the current recession.
With free gingival graft and connective tissue graft operations, we can use our patients’ own tissues to stop recession, close open root surfaces and prolong the retention time of the teeth in the mouth.