What Causes Receding Gums

Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC, discusses receding gums.

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Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC, discusses receding gums.
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Featuring Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC), Periodontist

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Receding gums are wherein the gum lifts or pulls away from the tooth and you see more of the root exposed.

When someone smiles you can tell that on one tooth the tooth will look longer. The phrase “longer in the tooth” so to speak.

Many reasons this can happen. Sometimes we scrub our teeth too hard and that damages the gum. Other cases there's a genetic predisposition; you have thin gums to begin with and normal functioning - eating, brushing, flossing - will actually cause trauma which the gums can't withstand.

They want to move away from the trauma to get away from the situation, the gums pull back. As that happens we weaken the tooth and esthetically it doens't appear well; it makes you look a little older.

If there's brushing that's too difficult, too hard, heavy handed, we want to change the habits in the patient.

Sometimes grinding or clenching can contribute because the tooth's being rocked in the socket that is being maintainted. A nightguard can be made, your bite can be adjusted that can be done by your referring or restorative general dentist.

For health and esthetics we'd like to restore that tissue. We can graft a little bit of tissue, we take it from your palate and graft it to the root surface that's been exposed. And not only does this esthetcially make the area look better healthwise. We've restore the attachment and it will make the tooth stronger over the long run.

Presenter: Dr. Dino Georgas, Periodontist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Periodontist

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