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When your gums start to recede, it can compromise the aesthetics of your smile, leaving you with a “toothy” appearance that can negatively affect your confidence. Receding gums can also cause physical discomfort as your tooth roots become more exposed. Fortunately, there are a number of gum recession treatment options that offer full restoration. At Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, we are pleased to provide gum recession treatment to our patients in Houston, TX, and the surrounding area.

What is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a condition in which your gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, leaving the underlying tooth roots exposed. Many factors can contribute to gum recession, including genetics, smoking, aggressive brushing, and unchecked periodontal disease.

Gum recession can have aesthetic consequences, changing the appearance of your smile, but it also takes a toll on your physical and oral health. When your gums recede, your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities and more sensitive. Patients with receding gums typically experience discomfort near the gum line, bone loss, and even tooth loss.

Our Gum Recession Treatment Options

At Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, our doctors provide a range of treatments to address gum recession. During your consultation, we will evaluate your teeth and gums and recommend a gum recession treatment plan that is right for you.

Scaling and Root Planing

Often, gum recession is caused by underlying gum disease. By eradicating the disease, we can usually save the teeth and gums, avoiding extreme tissue loss and restoring you to a confident, healthy smile.

One of the best ways to address gum disease is with a deep cleaning. We perform a method called scaling and root planing, which involves the careful removal of all tartar and plaque above and below the gumline, cleaning all the way to the bottom of the pocket. We will also smooth out your tooth roots, which can help gum tissue reattach to the teeth.

This is a thorough, rigorous gum recession treatment, sometimes requiring multiple visits, but it can leave you with healthier gums and significantly enhanced oral hygiene.

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Scaling and root planing can be effective solutions for mild or moderate gum disease. For more severe cases, we might recommend surgical intervention. A procedure known as pocket reduction can provide relief from a more advanced oral infection, restoring the health of your gum tissue.

With this surgical gum treatment, your doctor will remove the harmful bacteria that remain trapped between gums and teeth. Anesthesia is administered to keep you comfortable and safe during your surgery. Once the anesthesia has been provided, your doctor will gently peel back the gum tissue, revealing tartar and plaque buildup below. Your doctor will eliminate bacteria from your tooth roots, then surgically remove any gum tissue that is damaged beyond repair. In some cases, your doctor may reshape bone surfaces, eliminating rough areas where bacteria can accumulate.

At the end of the procedure, your doctor will use sutures to reduce the depth of your gum pockets, making it less likely for you to experience further bacterial buildup in the future.

Why Come to Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston for Gum Recession Treatment?

At Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, our doctors have pursued advanced training and credentialing, earning board-certified status in the field of periodontal care. This signifies the highest level of professional excellence and indicates robust standards for patient safety, comfort, and clinical outcomes. We are pleased to provide a spectrum of treatment options for gum recession and are always happy to meet with you to discuss solutions that are best for your needs.

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You’re in Good Hands with Us

Gum recession can contribute to aesthetic problems as well as diminished oral health. At Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston, we are happy to provide gum recession treatments that allow you to enjoy life with a healthy smile. To schedule a periodontal consultation, contact us at our Houston, TX practice at (713) 785-9599 or schedule your appointment online.