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At Columbine Dental, our mission is to help patients of all ages achieve beautiful smiles through high-quality dental treatment. As a comprehensive dentist serving the Columbine and Littleton, CO areas, we're proud to offer a wide range of dental treatments including general dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and periodontics (gum treatment). While much of our work focuses on keeping the teeth healthy and strong, periodontal (gum) problems are some of the most common issues for adults – and gum recession is among the most common problems.

What Is Gum Recession?

Compared to cavities and gingivitis, gum recession is a relatively little-known dental problem. But if you've ever heard the phrase "long in the tooth," you're already familiar with it. Gum recession is a gradual, progressive condition where the gum line slowly recedes over time, exposing the tooth root and making the teeth appear "longer." As more of the tooth root is exposed, gum recession can also cause tooth sensitivity, and it often makes the gum line uneven.

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession can have a variety of causes, and it's often accompanied by other dental issues. One of the most common causes of recession is poor oral hygiene: if plaque and bacteria grow on the teeth, they can infect the gums, causing inflammation, recession, and eventually gum disease. That said, oral hygiene isn't the only factor responsible for gum recession. The causes of gum recession can include:

  • Brushing too hard or for too long
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Frenums (muscle attachments) pulling on the gums
  • Poorly-fitting oral appliances like braces or dentures
  • Lack of gum tissue to begin with
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal changes

Gum Recession Treatment in Littleton

For some people, gum recession is a minor problem that doesn't require treatment and only needs to be monitored. However, if gum recession progresses far enough, it can contribute to dental decay, teeth sensitivity, and other oral health problems. Thankfully, our Columbine periodontists are experts in treating gum recession, and we offer a variety of options for gum recession treatment.

One of the most common treatments for gum recession is called gingival (gum) grafting, also known as periodontal plastic surgery. This involves taking a small piece of healthy gingival tissue from the roof of the mouth, then attaching it to the receded gum line, a procedure called grafting. Another common treatment is to use laboratory-processed donor tissue for the graft instead of your own tissue. In either case, gum grafts are a minor surgical procedure with a high success rate.

In more severe cases of gum recession, it's likely that some bone tissue has also been lost beneath the gum line. If bone loss is extensive enough, we may also recommend a procedure to regenerate the lost bone. This procedure involves creating a small "flap" in the gums, then placing a small amount of grafting material and a barrier membrane underneath the surface of the gums. Your body then uses this as a kind of 'scaffold' to rebuild bone tissue, helping to regenerate the lost bone and allowing the gum line to return to normal.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Our Littleton dentists are experts in treating gum recession, but as with all aspects of oral health, prevention is always the best medicine. The best way to prevent and minimize gum recession is to maintain good oral hygiene through a diligent routine of brushing and flossing every day, combined with regular visits for dental cleanings and exams. If we notice gum recession starting to be a problem, we may bring you in for additional appointments to identify the cause, provide recommendations, and perform treatments if necessary.

Contact Your Littleton, CO Gum Doctors

Gum recession is a very common problem for adults, and while it can progress to be a serious condition, in most cases it's mild and easily treatable. If you think you may be suffering from gum recession or have more questions about maintaining healthy gums, please feel free to contact us or request an appointment online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you maintain healthy gums & a gorgeous smile!

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