The Most Common Symptoms of Receding Gums:

• Smaller gum line
• Tooth roots are exposed, making teeth appear uneven or larger than normal
• Tooth sensitivity to changing temperatures
• Increased tooth decay
• Loose teeth
• Blemishes and dents on the gum tissue
• Spaces and gaps between teeth

Gum Disease Affects Your Smile

Steps To Prevent Recession

Steps suggested to prevent gum recession include:

  • Seeing your doctor for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using the proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Seeing your doctor to correct a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems

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Receding Gums and Gum Disease

If you notice that your smile looks different, your gum line looks smaller, and teeth feel more sensitive, it could be gum recession caused by gum disease. Dr. David Williams can effectively and comfortably treat gum disease and receding gums in Pensacola, FL.

Receding gums is a very common condition that is most often attributed to gum disease. Unless they are removed, oral bacteria will multiply and the damage to gums can be quite noticeable because soft tissue is pulling away, deteriorating, and causing tooth root exposure. The teeth may feel more sensitive and the smile often looks different. The teeth may become loose and are at a greater risk of being lost.

Sometimes other factors are causing the gums to recede, including family history, brushing teeth too harshly, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, side effects of certain medications, prior dental treatment, smoking, or oral piercings.

How We Treat Receding Gums

Laser treatment for gum disease: If gum disease is the problem, Dr. Williams can treat it with minimal pain and less time than traditional scalpel surgery using laser treatment. Laser treatment also provides support to existing teeth by generating new bone growth around them.

Scaling and root planing: This treatment also addresses gum disease by removing bacteria under the gums and minimizing gum pockets between the teeth.

Tissue grafts: Gum grafts work by taking soft tissue from the patient’s mouth or from a tissue bank and surgically attaching it to the receded area to make it longer.

Soft tissue supplements: In some cases, new tissue can be generated on the gum line with special proteins and tissue membranes.

Dr. Williams treats gum disease and receding gums in the Pensacola, FL region using today’s most modern equipment and treatment techniques. Call or contact us today so we can set up an appointment for you!