Overview of Gum Recession

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Ventura

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue wears away or pulls back from the teeth, thereby exposing more of the tooth or its root. Gum recession causes pockets to form between the teeth and gum line, creating the ideal environment for disease-causing bacteria to grow. If left untreated, teeth can be severely damaged and it may result in tooth loss.

At Mark Weitzman, D.D.S., we begin by identifying the cause of the gum recession, and once this is determined, we implement the correct treatment plan. As a patient it is important to understand that if the gums detach from the tooth, it must be treated, otherwise the condition can worsen.

What Sets Us Apart from Other Dentists

Not every dentist is created equal and there are vast differences in the quality of dental care. When you choose our Ventura dentist, you can be confident that you are receiving world-class treatment.

Our commitment to patient satisfaction has earned us a reputation for excellence in the field of family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Mark Weitzman has been recognized as a "Top Dentist" in Ventura County (2012-2013), and rated "Best of Ventura County" in 2011.

Gum Disease: Causes & Treatments

Gum recession is caused by: periodontal (gum) disease, sports injuries, genetics, tobacco use, crooked teeth, hormones, improperly fitted dentures, and aggressive tooth brushing. Gum recession can cause the root to be exposed, causing sensitivity to hot and cold; exposed tooth roots increase the risk of tooth decay.

Treatments Depend on the Cause

  • Aggressive tooth brushing: If the recession was caused by brushing too hard, we can show you a better method for cleaning your teeth.
  • Periodontal disease: With periodontal disease, treatment involves scaling and root planning, which is a process that removes plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Advanced gum recession: With advanced gum recession, a gum graft may be necessary. With a gum graft, a thin piece of gum tissue is carefully removed from another part of the mouth and is attached to the area where the gums have receded. A graft improves the appearance of the gums, it alleviates sensitivity, and protects teeth from decay.

Advanced Procedures for Gum Recession

Gum recession is a common dental problem that can happen to anyone, and most people don't know that their gums are receding because it happens gradually.

If your teeth are overly sensitive, or if your tooth roots are visible, or if your teeth are appearing longer than normal, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

The sooner you begin treatment, the better your chances of preventing further gum damage and tooth decay. Call our office today to arrange your free initial consultation!

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