Find out if you have healed your receding gumsHave you noticed that your gums have pulled back or your teeth are longer than before? It is probably a sign of gum recession.
Gum recession is a common condition that can affect anyone, especially older people.
Different posts talk about the possibility of reversing gum recession with natural remedies. Perhaps you have tried these solutions yourself, hoping to get results.
Find out in this article if you have succeeded in healing your receding gums, why you should treat them in the first place, the right way to reverse them, and the criteria for successful treatment.
My receding gums have healed by themselves: Is this possible?When gum recession occurs, it indicates the irreversible stage of gum disease. Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is an inflammatory condition that progresses gradually, leading to tissue destruction around the tooth. Its main factor is plaque accumulation on teeth surfaces, a thin, soft, whitish film filled with bacteria.
When these bacteria infiltrate the gums, they trigger inflammation. Our body's reaction to stop the infection will lead to bone loss and gum shrinkage.
In addition to gum disease, other factors that result in persistent and continuous irritation, such as brushing with too much pressure or using a hard bristle toothbrush, can lead to gum recession.
Although it is possible to stop or slow down the process, it is impossible to regrow gums.
You may hear about home remedies and natural solutions to reverse this condition. They can indeed help reduce inflammation and bacterial load, thus improving oral health, but none of them can make your gums grow back.
One of the symptoms of periodontal disease is swollen gums. Don't be fooled by this sign because it can sometimes hide existing recessions and make you think they have disappeared.
As soon as the inflammation subsides, your gums will return to their normal state and reveal the recession again.
The best thing to do as soon as you notice gum recession is to see your dentist. He will help you take preventive measures and may consider a surgical procedure if necessary.
When should recession be treated?Not all gingival recession requires treatment. It can be stable and not result in any aesthetic or sensitivity problems. In this case, oral hygiene measures are sufficient to solve the issue.
But in other cases, the recession appears in the front teeth, affecting your smile.
The roots that are no longer covered by the gum can cause sensitivity when you eat cold, sweet, or hot foods or by simply touching them. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to sharp pain that may interfere with your daily activities (eating, brushing, or breathing through your mouth).
It may also be an active recession that tends to progress without treatment.
If one or more of these conditions are present, your dentist may suggest gum graft surgery to stabilize or cover the recessions.
The solution to cover your gum recessionThere are different options and techniques for covering exposed roots. Depending on your situation, your dentist will be able to choose the procedure that is best for you.
Before starting surgery, your dentist will identify and manage the triggering factors. He will do a deep dental cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and inflammation. He will also show you the proper oral hygiene techniques to adopt at home.
This step is essential because it prevents the progression and appearance of lesions after the treatment. It also ensures healthy conditions for the procedure.
Once the cause has been eliminated, you can move on to the surgical phase. There are different techniques, but the most commonly used is to remove a piece of soft tissue from your palate and attach it to the gum area to be treated.
After the procedure, you should follow your dentist's instructions to ensure quick and optimal healing.
How do I know if the treatment is successful?After a few weeks of the procedure, the healing process should be complete. The success of the gingival graft will depend on the appearance and quality of your gums.
The graft should cover your exposed roots with a color close to the adjacent tissue. This is especially important for teeth that are visible when smiling.
The gum must be healthy, of sufficient volume and thickness, and firmly attached to your teeth for better resistance. A healthy gum must be :
- Firm to the touch;
- Pink and outline your teeth evenly;
- Should not bleed when you brush or floss your teeth;
- Should not be swollen.
In addition, after the healing, all the problems of sensitivity and discomfort that you had should be solved.
Keep the results and prevent further recessionAfter recovery, while good results are nice to hear, they don't mean the end of the matter.
You must keep up good oral hygiene and maybe introduce new tools to maintain long-term results and prevent further recession. Among the recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush. Don't use horizontal strokes, as they are more aggressive to your teeth and gums. Use the modified Bass method instead.
- Clean between your teeth once a day with dental floss or an interdental brush.
- Rinse your mouth with a daily mouthwash after asking your dentist.
- If you smoke or use any tobacco products, it's time to quit. Tobacco smoke contains many toxic compounds that weaken the immune system and reduce blood flow to the gums. This will reduce the body's ability to defend itself from bacteria, worsening gum disease.
- If you have a systemic disease such as diabetes or a blood disorder, control your condition by following the advice of your specialist. Some general diseases have a direct impact on gums' health.
- Last but not least, make regular visits to your dentist at least twice a year, as needed. During these visits, he will check your oral health and may perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, the main factors in gum disease.