When the effects of advanced gum disease cause your gums to pull back and expose more of the roots of your teeth, this is called gum recession. For many people, the obvious implication is cosmetic since it looks as if their teeth have grown and are now too big. But the more pressing problem is that your roots are exposed and that makes your teeth prone to pain and other potential complications. Here at Maryland Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants, we treat the Baltimore gum recession
along with the reasons for it.
Gum disease has two basic stages, and both come about due to the bacterial acids present in dental plaque and tartar. Gingivitis is the early stage. And the symptoms are typically so mild that you may not even notice them: irritation and redness. It's not uncommon for gingivitis to first be detected as part of a six month oral examination. And the good news is that when caught at that point, the solution is simple. All it takes is a teeth cleaning or two to reverse the effects of gingivitis and get your gums back to optimal health. Baltimore gum recession is an indication of periodontitis, the later stage. Other signs include bleeding while brushing your teeth, and persistent bad breath. This is all due to inflammation and even infection. The remedy for Baltimore gum recession is scaling and root planing, a deeper type of cleaning that gets right down to the roots in order to reach the bacteria that is causing you problems. For more extreme cases, or frequently recurring periodontitis, you could need gum surgery, such as soft tissue grafts, to restore the proper amount of gum tissue over your teeth.
If you have Baltimore gum recession
, you should not wait to get the attention you need. Contact our office right away and arrange an appointment to come in. Our periodontist will examine your gums and evaluate the severity before recommending the applicable treatment.
By Maryland Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
December 19, 2018