Receding Gums

Discover how to prevent, stop and improve the look of gum recession.

The problem with receding gums

Receding gums is a worrying dental concern, which is characterised by gums gradually pulling away from teeth and receding, eventually exposing the tooth roots and making teeth appear longer than usual. Understanding the condition is essential for treatment; identifying the symptoms and causes will be crucial for maintaining your oral health and preserving the integrity of your gums and teeth for years to come. 

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What happens when you ignore receding gums

Aesthetically, receding gums are not ideal. But ignoring the issue puts the future of your smile at risk. For example, the teeth lose their natural support and structure, so they can become loose or fall out. 

However, the progression of receding gums is not a comfortable experience; patients will experience symptoms like heightened tooth sensitivity, gum throbbing, and black triangular pockets before potential tooth loss occurs

Typical receding gum treatments

Hygiene Appointment

  • Costs from £69
  • 30-60 minute treatments
  • Recommended every 3 months

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Composite Bonding

  • Costs from £300 - Financeable
  • 60 minutes to apply
  • Lasts up to 7 years

Laser Gum Surgery

  • Costs from £600 - Financeable
  • Couple of hours in the chair
  • Might require two sessions

Your guide to receding gums

Understanding the condition is essential for treatment, identifying the symptoms and causes will be crucial for maintaining your oral health and preserving the integrity of your gums and teeth for years to come. 

Receding gum symptoms

One of the primary symptoms of receding gums is the visible exposure of the tooth roots, which may cause the teeth to appear longer than usual. 

Other common symptoms include tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages, as well as bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. 

Discomfort or pain along the gumline, changes in tooth appearance such as gaps or spaces between teeth, and persistent bad breath may also indicate gum recession. Discover more symptoms.

Causes of receding gums

Several factors can contribute to the development of receding gums, including poor oral hygiene practices, gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), aggressive brushing or flossing, genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, tobacco use, teeth grinding (bruxism), and misaligned teeth. 

Gum recession may also result from the natural ageing process or certain medical conditions that affect gum health, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases.

However, the most common cause relates to gum disease, which is a common problem for patients in the UK. Seeing as gum disease cannot be reversed once it progresses past the initial gingivitis stage, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

Early intervention is your only chance

Early detection and intervention are essential for preventing further progression of gum recession and addressing underlying causes. 

Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle flossing, can help remove and limit plaque build-up, which can prevent the formation of gum disease. 

Routine dental check-ups and cleanings allow dentists to monitor gum health and detect signs of gum recession or other oral health issues early on. This is why hygienist appointments are critical in maintaining your oral health and preventing dangerous conditions. 

Gum recession treatment

The treatment approach for receding gums depends on the severity of the condition and its underlying causes. In mild cases, conservative treatments such as deep cleans, scaling and root planing, and improved oral hygiene practices may be sufficient to address gum recession and prevent further progression. 

In more advanced cases, surgical interventions such as gum grafting or guided tissue regeneration may be necessary to restore gum tissue and protect exposed tooth roots. 

Dentists may also recommend antimicrobial mouth rinses or desensitising toothpaste to manage associated symptoms such as tooth sensitivity at home. 

Cosmetically, receding gums can be treated with composite bonding to rebuild gaps formed between teeth.

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Dr Kaimakamis

DClinDent Perio, MPerio RCS(Ed) | Specialist in Periodontics

Dr Kaimakamis has developed a keen interest in emerging minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical procedures for receding gums.

Cosmetic Fixes

In addition to addressing the underlying causes and health implications of receding gums, various cosmetic procedures can improve the appearance of your smile. 

Cosmetic treatments for receding gums may include dental bonding, veneers, or crowns to cover exposed tooth roots and improve the appearance of the teeth. 

These procedures can also help enhance tooth colour, shape, and alignment for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. However, addressing any underlying gum health issues before pursuing cosmetic treatments is essential to ensure long-term oral health and stability. 

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