Gum Recession

Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey offers patients suffering from advanced periodontal disease a convenient way to receive the treatment they need without having to be referred to another practice. Dr. Benjamin Greenstein, our in-house periodontist, is a specialist in the treatment of gum recession and periodontal issues.

Gingival recession (gum recession) is an extremely common oral health condition that typically occurs as the result of gum disease; however, it can be brought on by a variety of potential causes. Receding gums are characterized by the gradual loss of gum tissue surrounding a tooth or teeth, which basically results in a lower position of the gums along the teeth. Gum recession may not be very noticeable at first. As the condition progresses, it can cause pain, a feeling of looseness among the teeth, and cosmetic changes. Later stages of gum recession can result in visible tooth roots and tooth loss.

Dr. Greenstein will be here at our practice on select days each month as well as additional days by appointment when needed. Having an in-house periodontist offers our patients a huge advantage in that you can get an immediate consultation on advanced treatment plans. Plus, you will not have to travel from office to office for specialty periodontal care. Here at Aesthetic Smiles, we not only try to be your family’s first choice for aesthetic smile makeovers, we also want to be your first choice for all of your dental care needs!

Causes of gum recession

Gum recession can be due to a number of possible factors, including:

  • Periodontal disease and periodontitis
  • Excessively rough or aggressive tooth brushing
  • Lack of proper oral hygiene (brushing/flossing)
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Trauma

Treatment options for gum recession

For many patients who have earlier stages of gum recession, a thorough deep cleaning and a change in brushing and flossing habits may be enough for the time being; however, later stages of gum recession will likely require more advanced treatment. Our periodontist offers a number of state-of-the-art procedures designed to slow the progression of gum disease and restore the health and appearance of the gums. Options include gum grafting and treatments to strengthen the teeth and gums against further harm from gum recession.

You can learn more about gum grafting and treatments for gum disease here. One of the chief benefits of having an in-house periodontist is the fact that there will be a skilled specialist right here at our practice who is experienced with a full range of state-of-the-art procedures.

Do you have questions about gum recession symptoms or treatments available to improve the condition? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey today. We will be happy to provide you with more information, or schedule an appointment for you here at our practice.