Factors That Affect Gum Recession
Gum recession occurs when the gums start to pull back from the roots of your teeth.

Some causes of gum recession include:
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Genetics
  • Tooth Brushing Routine
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Tobacco Use
  • Grinding or Clenching of Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth or Bite Misalignment
  • Body Piercing
Gum Disease Affects Your Smile
Steps To Prevent Recession

Steps suggested to prevent gum recession include:

  • Seeing your doctor for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products 
  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Using the proper brushing techniques with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Seeing your doctor to correct a misaligned bite or teeth grinding problems

Symptoms of Receding Gums in Augusta, GA

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or notice that your gum line looks different, feels tender, or bleeds more easily, it could be tooth root exposure caused by gum recession. Dr. Ben Timmerman provides patients with receding gums in the Augusta, GA area a variety of treatments to stop tooth sensitivity and make the gums more healthy and attractive.

Symptoms of Gum Recession:

• Reduced gum line, less gum tissue
• Tooth sensitivity
• Unusual spots, nicks, or blemishes near the gum line
• Teeth look larger or shaped differently
• Noticeable gaps between the teeth
• Tooth decay near the gum line
• Loose teeth

Understanding the Symptoms of Gum Recession

Periodontal Disease: Oral bacteria can cause periodontal disease, a progressive oral infection that destroys bone and healthy gum tissue, causing the gums to pull away from the tooth roots and expose more surface area of the teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of recession and should be treated right away because the problem can worsen over time, placing teeth and bone at risk. Dr. Timmerman can stop the progression of gum disease and then suggest an appropriate treatment to improve your gum line.

Other Reasons: Receding gums can also occur from clenching or grinding habits, genetics, or from improper brushing techniques. Harsh brushing or using a hard or medium bristled toothbrush can damage gum tissue and lead to tooth sensitivity. Traditional periodontal surgery and orthodontics are often responsible for receding gums, and are negative effects of these positive treatments. People who smoke, chew tobacco, or wear jewelry that makes regular contact with the gum line may also develop gum recession.

Treatments for Gum Recession

Laser Therapy: When moderate or advanced gum disease is causing recession, Dr. Timmerman uses laser therapy because it treats the source without causing further harm to the gums. Traditional surgery for gum disease is performed with a scalpel which actually induces gum recession. Laser is FDA cleared to safely and gently rid the gums of bacteria and stop recession. It even promotes new bone growth to help support existing teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing: For early stage gum disease, this procedure is commonly used to effectively remove bacteria and tartar deposits from below the gum line. Active gum disease must be treated before gum recession can be addressed.

Tissue Grafting: Soft tissue grafting is used to improve the recessed areas by taking tissue from elsewhere in the mouth, or a tissue bank, and surgically attaching it to the gum line to improve appearance, cover exposed tooth roots, and alleviate tooth sensitivity.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™): This is one of the latest advancements in minimally invasive gum recession surgery that is used to improve the recessed areas without any grafting. Special instruments and techniques are applied right at the source of the recession for a faster result and with minimal discomfort.

Protein Supplementation: In some cases, receding gums and tooth sensitivity can be addressed with supplementation of proteins and membrane material placed in areas of recession that encourage healthier gum tissue growth.

Patients with tooth sensitivity and other symptoms of receding gums in the Augusta, GA area have more options today than ever before. Call our friendly team to arrange your personal consultation with Dr. Timmerman.

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