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Gum Recession Specialist

Dr. Aaronson & Associates

Aesthetic and Implant Dentists & Cosmetic & General Dentists located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Do you feel like your teeth are looking a little longer than they did in the past? That is a sign of gum recession, a complication of gum disease, or sometimes a natural occurrence that the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates can treat or help you control. To schedule an appointment at the office in Midtown East, Manhattan, in New York City, call the office or book online today.

Gum Recession Q & A

What is gum recession?

Gum recession shows more of the roots of your teeth, which are normally covered by your gums. Initially, you might notice that your teeth are starting to look longer than usual. 

As soon as you perceive an increase in the lengths of your teeth, call Dr. Aaronson & Associates for a gum recession appointment.

Gum recession happens because the gums wear away or pull back, exposing the underlying roots of your teeth. It’s a sign of unhealthy gums that need treatment. If you don’t address gum recession, your gum disease might eventually cause your teeth to come loose or fall out.

Before you notice any gum recession, you may see an excess of gum inflammation, redness, and frequent bleeding between your teeth. 

Even if you don’t notice these changes, your dentist may point them out during a regular examination appointment and can recommend treatment or habit changes that can improve the health of your gums.

What causes gum recession?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the primary cause of gum recession. Gum disease begins in a mild form called gingivitis and eventually progresses into the more severe periodontitis. Often, gum recession begins because of poor oral hygiene and bacterial buildup around the gum lines. 

It’s also possible to experience gum recession even if your gums are perfectly healthy and you brush and floss with a perfect technique. Some individuals are genetically prone to some gum recession because of their natural gum thickness or positions of their teeth. 

Brushing too hard or vigorously can weaken the gums and cause them to recede, too. Using softer bristles can reduce your chances of experiencing gum recession. 

How is gum recession treated?

Dr. Aaronson & Associates treats gum recession according to the degree of recession and the underlying cause. For example, you probably won’t need treatments specifically for gum disease if gum disease was not a cause or contributing factor to your gum recession. 

As part of your treatment for gum recession, the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates might suggest:

  • Deep cleaning with scaling and root planing
  • Desensitizing agents for the exposed roots
  • Composite restorations to cover the exposed roots
  • Gum graft surgery
  • Orthodontic adjustments

Mild cases of gum recession do not usually need treatment, but your dentist at Dr. Aaronson & Associates might want to keep an eye on your gums to make sure they don’t recede more. The team can give you tips for how to care for your teeth and slow or stop your gum recession. 

If you see signs of gum recession and want to explore your options for maintenance or treatment, book an appointment over the phone or online at Dr. Aaronson & Associates today.