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!
“Smiling at the world”Dr Mark , Stephanie, Molly, Rebecca, and Gabby have given me my life back. It's been two weeks and I have had so many people tell me how happy I look. I cannot say enough about how comfortable Dr Mark and Team made me feel through a very difficult time. Proffesional and compassionate is how I would describe this group- Caroline Holland
“Excellent Dentist!”I recently went to Dr. Mark for a broken molar repair. Upon arrival I was impressed with the updated office and it's sterile feel. Dr. Mark took my impressions and decided what to do for the repair. The procedure was efficient, painless, and the tooth repair turned out absolutely perfect! Dr. Mark is a very nice guy and easy to talk to as well which makes the whole process even better! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great dentist.- TJ Schau
“Best Dentist”“I feel so fortunate and blessed to have Dr. Weitzman as my dentist. He truly is one of a kind. When you are looking for an excellent dentist, you can't go wrong with choosing Dr. Weitzman. You will be ever grateful you did...”- Carey Ann
“Great guy, great dentist”Great guy, great dentist. Dr. Mark does a fabulous job and I would highly recommend him to anyone.- Chris Van Son
“Best Hygienist”Hi Mark, your hygienist is great. VERY good bedside manner; was sensitive to my sensitivities with regard to those hook things" she uses to scrape plaque. Let's get together over this implant issue. No hurry, and sooner the better, huh? Would you ask someone there to email me an estimate for the work still to be done, please. We're in our "slow" time, and Vic is asking that we pay some meager attention to budgeting, so...Thanks, and have a great vacation.- Ren Adam
“Friendly competent service.”Friendly staff. All were competent and made for a comfortable visit. X-rays and deep teeth cleaning was as painless as it could possibly be.- Mike Alesso
“Immediate Attention”Had a toothache.....Called and was seen on the same day. It happened to be his day off. But he brought me in. Office staff and Dr.Weitzman were very nice. Looking for a new dentist (mine retired) and we will be back. Thank you for getting me in.- Lisa F.
“Dr. Weitzman and his staff truly care about their patients”Dr. Weitzman and his staff truly care about their patients. They are genuine, caring, and show it in many ways. They will do anything to help take care of you.- Jennifer W.