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Getting to the Root of Your Receding Gums Marietta, GA

Getting to the Root of Your Receding Gums

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Your gums (or gingivae) are the foundation of your smile. They are composed of dense pink tissue that surrounds each tooth. Your gums attach to your jawbone and tightly encase the roots of each tooth. Since they are living tissues with blood vessels and a mucous membrane, the gums can become infected or deteriorate under certain circumstances. When the gums shrink down or pull away from the teeth, it leaves the fragile tooth roots more exposed to danger (plaque, bacteria, infection and decay). This is called gum recession.

While gum recession is typically visible, it may be so gradual that you don’t notice it. Many patients first recognize receding gums when their teeth start to become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is a primary warning sign of gum disease and an indication you need to visit your dentist for a proper diagnosis.

Why is it important to let a dentist diagnose gum recession?

Gum recession seems pretty straightforward, and lots of people have it. If I’m not too bothered with it, why should I visit my dentist. The truth is, gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, and not all of them are harmless! Left untreated, your gum recession could worsen enough to cause loose teeth or lead to other dental complications.

Gums can recede for the following reasons:

• Genetics
• Natural aging process
• Over-brushing or brushing too hard
• Hormonal changes
• Poor oral hygiene
• Periodontal disease

The culprit that needs immediate treatment

Gum disease is the one of the leading causes of gum recession, and it is one that needs prompt attention. If your gums are receding due to periodontal disease, this means they are infected and the deep pockets that have formed as the gums have pulled away will only harbor more bacteria and lead to further infection. Without intervention, your receding gums may lead to the destruction of the underlying bone, which means tooth loss could be in your future.

In most cases, the gums can be restored to health after gum disease through a treatment called scaling and root planing. This clears out the bacteria and smooths the roots of the teeth to encourage the gums to reattach. The sooner you notice gum disease, the easier it is to treat. In addition to gum recession, watch out for red, bleeding and swollen gums, as this often occurs before the gums pull away.

Do your teeth look longer than usual? Are you experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks? Let your dentist evaluate your gum recession Even if you do not have gum disease, there are treatment options to restore your gums to proper height and health. Most importantly, we can stop the culprit to your gum recession. Call Gilreath Dental Associates to learn more about gum recession treatment in Marietta!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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