What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a serious dental problem that is often caused by age, poor oral hygiene, or harshly brushing the teeth and gums. One of the most common causes of gum recession is gingivitis, which can quickly become periodontitis or gum disease. Gum disease is a dental condition that is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, when intercepted early, gum disease can be easily managed with little risk of further infection. If you would like more information on how we diagnose and treat gum disease, please visit Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Victor Gittleman and Dr. Steven Reff are passionate about helping patients restore their teeth and gums at Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Common Signs of Periodontitis

Signs of gum disease besides gum recession can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Shifting teeth
  • Bleeding gums

Please contact our office if you have noticed any of these symptoms. It is better to discover and treat gum disease earlier than later. Bleeding and swollen gums can quickly snowball into more severe problems, including loose and missing teeth.

Treating Gum Disease

Scaling and root planing, laser gum disease treatment, and periodontal surgery are all effective methods of treating periodontitis. After numbing the affected areas, gum scaling removes tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out the tooth roots for a deep clean. Dental lasers can gently remove disease and damaged gum tissue. Laser dentistry promotes faster healing, reduces the risk of infection, and improves the patient experience. In advanced cases of gum disease, the size of periodontal pockets may need to be removed surgically to help promote healthier teeth and gums.

Contact Our Morristown, NJ Office

Request an appointment with Dr. Gittleman and Dr. Reff at Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry. You can also call (973) 287-3337 for comfortable and comprehensive care.