Gum Recession

Causes of Receding Gums in Stuart, FL

gum_recession_stuart_flGum recession not only leaves you open to infection of the teeth and gums, it can add years to your appearance. Recession may only be treated after the underlying cause has been addressed. Patients suffering from receding gums in Stuart, FL consult with to discover the cause of recession:

  • Gum disease
  • Orthodontic issues
  • Hormonal changes
  • Habits
  • Oral piercing

The bacteria that are responsible for gum disease infect the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. This tissue pulls away from the teeth and as the infection destroys the tissue, it erodes, leaving more of your tooth surface exposed. Gum disease is the most common factor in gum recession and must be treated before recession can be corrected.

Misaligned teeth can result in additional pressure and impact to the teeth, bone, and gum tissue. The gums could show wear over time. Orthodontic treatment can guide the teeth into their ideal position, preventing future wear. Straighter teeth are also easier to clean which may help in the prevention of gum disease.

Hormonal changes often increase gum tenderness. Pregnancy can spur bleeding or swelling of the gums as well as recession. It can also induce gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease.

A smoking habit can increase the accumulation of plaque on your teeth. When plaque turns to calculus, which must be professionally removed, it can lead to gum recession. In addition, tobacco constricts the blood vessels in the mouth, reducing the amount of blood flow and nutrients to the gum tissue and thereby increasing the risk of periodontal infection.

Piercings located in the mouth, like tongue or lip jewelry, can irritate the gum tissue, causing erosion of the tissue and exposure of the root surfaces.

Treatment of Gum Recession

Gum recession is most frequently corrected with gum grafting procedures. With this method, Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler will cover the exposed tooth root using donor tissue collected from the patient, a tissue bank, or special materials designed to encourage tissue growth. The donor tissue integrates with the existing tissue over time, restoring gum tissue to healthier levels.

Gum disease is the leading cause of gum recession. To address your gum disease and gum recession concerns, call Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler in Stuart, FL today to schedule your consultation.

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 Recession Can Be Avoided By Seeking Early Treatment for Gum Disease

Schedule Your Gum Disease Consultation Today!

We at the Stuart Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants, welcome you to our practice. We are proud to serve the periodontal needs of people from Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Indian River, Vero Beach, Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach, West Palm, Gardens, Palm Beach, and Jupiter, FL. Dr. Nick DeTure and Dr. Robert Follweiler are your Stuart periodontists, specializing in the treatment of gum disease. The Stuart Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants is a “state of the art” practice using the latest digital radiology, micro-surgery techniques and alternative treatments that are available. We pride ourselves in providing excellent, innovative and comprehensive care with compassion and understanding.


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