Receding Gum Treatment

Highly-effective receding gum treatment that protects teeth and smile

With state-of-the-art oral surgery facilities and experienced resident periodontists under our roof, you receive the most advanced care for your gum receding treatment at Mouth Dental. We provide full oral care that corrects gum recession and treats underlying causes to ensure aesthetics, as well as gum health, are restored. From minimally-invasive dental bonding to safely-performed gum grafting, we offer multiple treatment options for gum recession based on individual conditions.

As a referral centre in East London for more than 50 local dental clinics, we are equipped with the most up-to-date technology and possess the expertise to treat all periodontic cases, from simple to complex. We use digital dentistry for high-accuracy diagnosis, analysis, and treatment plan mapping. The simulation of aesthetic changes helps patients visualise results and get insight into their treatment in advance.

We make sure each patient receives pre-treatment care and aftercare to make every smile transformation a clinical and personal success. Get specialist dental care throughout your treatment for complete and flawless results backed by proficiency, experience, and technology.

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An overview of receding gum treatment

Receding gums lower the gum line around teeth as the gums pull back from the teeth or wear away, exposing more of the tooth and the tooth’s root. When gum tissue pulls back from teeth, more tooth root gets exposed, forming dark triangles in between teeth due to interdental gum loss. These pockets or gaps between teeth and gum line collect bacteria leading to infection and decay. As supporting tissue and bone structure are further damaged, tooth loss occurs.

Gum recession isn’t just aesthetically displeasing but can also result in sensitive teeth due to exposed roots. Early treatment can stop the recession process and fix damages with deep cleaning and composite restoration.

Scaling and root planing is a periodontal deep cleaning method used as the first step in treating gum recession. During this treatment, plaque and tartar will be scraped off from the surface of the teeth and roots, scaling right down to the periodontal pocket. Then your dentist will plane or smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth roots, helping your gums reattach to your teeth.

Composite bonding is used to cover the surface of the root with tooth-coloured resin. Composite restoration can also close the dark gaps formed between the teeth.

For more severe cases of gum tissue pulled back from teeth, your periodontist may use the minimally-invasive open flap scaling and root planing or open flap debridement (OFD).  During this treatment, incisions are made on the affected gum tissue to fold it back. It gives better access to clean and smooth the roots. Then the gum tissue is snugly secured in place over the tooth root. It minimises or eliminates pocket depth, clinical attachment loss, and gingival recession.

Our gums do not naturally regenerate once they have receded. Surgical correction is necessary to repair extensive damage. Gum grafts or soft tissue grafts are a surgical procedure that removes healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth or surrounding gums to transplant onto gum receded area. Your orthodontist may also choose to use artificial grafts, such as Alloderm or Novomatrix. This process helps rebuild gum tissue.

There are three different types of gum-grafting;

Connective tissue grafts – it is perhaps the most common type of grafting to introduce new tissue to cover exposed tooth roots. The process takes tissue from underneath the top layer of the roof of your mouth by making a flap. The tissue is stitched onto the gums around the exposed roots. After the grafting, the palatal flap is stitched back down.

Free gingival grafts – this method also uses tissue from the roof of the mouth. However, instead of taking tissue from underneath the top layer of a flap, tissue is removed directly from the top layer. It is then attached to the affected gum area. Patients with thinner gums will benefit from the additional tissue that prevents further recession.

Pedicle (lateral) grafts – They are better suited to those who have lots of gum tissue around the exposed root. Tissue is grafted from the pulled back gum around or near the affected teeth. Only partial cuts are made, keeping one end of the tissue flap attached. The gum tissue is then pulled upwards, covering the exposed root, and sutured into place.

Benefits of receding gum treatment

  • Corrects the effects of gum recession and prevents bone loss
  • Covers exposed tooth roots
  • Protects against tooth decay
  • Eliminates or minimises tooth sensitivity
  • Reshapes gum line and improves the look of teeth

Reasons to book your Receding Gums Treatment at Mouth Dental

Our world-class periodontists are experienced and caring. We make sure your gum recession is treated using the most effective methods personalised for your condition. We use some of the most highly-effective bonding agents to treat mild to minor gum recession. Using innovative composite material, we are able to match the natural colour of your teeth as well as the natural colour of your gums. Composite bonding over exposed roots can restore your teeth and gums back to their original shape and form and resolve sensitivity issues.

We use ultrasonic cleaners and sophisticated equipment for scaling and root planing. Our high-tech surgical facilities enable us to perform surgical procedures for periodontal disease safely. Each treatment is recommended after a thorough examination and analysis of treatment options.

Receding gum treatment at Mouth Dental

During your first consultation with a periodontist at our clinic, we will diagnose your gum condition using expert examination and X-rays. We will recommend treatment based on the extent of gum recession and the condition of your periodontitis. Minor recessions can be treated with deep cleaning and composite bonding.

Using the scaling and root planing method, we will deep clean periodontal pockets and smooth the root surfaces. This helps your gums heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. Most patients will not require further active treatment if they undergo scaling during the early stages of gum recession. Local anesthetics will numb the area for painless and thorough cleaning. It takes longer than regular cleaning. You will need several deep cleaning sessions based on your condition. You will be prescribed antibiotics for any infection and OTC pain relief medication for any tenderness and discomfort in the area.
Composite bonding is used to protect exposed tooth roots. By using resin that matches the natural colour of your teeth, this will be undetectable. To prepare the tooth surface for bonding, the enamel is gently cleaned with a weak acidic gel. The resin is applied incrementally to reshape the tooth. It is put under UV light for hardening. After some further shaping and trimming, it is finally polished for a more natural tooth-like appearance. Sometimes gum-coloured composite resin is used to replace gingival tissue.
More advanced gum recession is treated with gum grafting or a gum lift. Prior to periodontic surgery, deep cleaning will be performed. In some cases, both surgical techniques are used to treat receding gums. Both procedures take place under local anesthesia. Although they are fairly complex treatments, they will only take about 45 minutes to one hour. After the procedure, for 4-6 weeks, you will need to maintain a special dental care routine. It will take approximately 1-2 weeks for gums to fully heal. You have to return to the clinic in a week for a checkup on the progress.

How long do the results last?

Root covering with dental bonding can last up to 10 years, and gum grafts are for a lifetime. Whichever oral procedure you undergo for gum recession, proper maintenance and care are essential for them to last as long as possible. After your first deep cleaning, you will require maintenance visits every 3 months to ensure the treatment is a success. Regular hygiene sessions every 6 months and scaling and polishing every 12-24 months will help you maintain healthy gums.

Aftercare- How do I take care of my oral health after the treatment?

Post-operative oral care is very important. Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions and pay extra care to your dental hygiene regime.

  • Make sure to use the mouthwash you have been given 3 times a day for a week after surgery. The first 24hrs are crucial as the mouthwash helps prevent bacterial infections. Gently hold the liquid on the operated site and do not swish it around.
  • Do not brush the affected teeth and site, but make sure you brush other teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
  • Washing your mouth with warm, salty water offers double protection from bacteria.
  • A liquid diet is the most suitable for the first day or two after surgery. Stick to soft, non-sticky food for about a week. Avoid hot drinks, hot food, fizzy drinks, and acidic food & drink.
  • Drinking from a straw helps, but you need to make sure it doesn’t poke your treated gums.
  • You are advised against smoking and drinking alcohol until the wound is healed.
  • If you had composite bonding, make sure to stay away from hard food and teeth-staining food.
  • Habits like grinding and clenching teeth should be discontinued. Consider wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.
  • Practice good long-term dental care after the procedures. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss after meals. Avoid over-zealous brushing as it can cause gum recession.
  • Pay attention to your gums in your daily oral hygiene routine, as they are integral to your oral health. Watch out for the signs of gum disease to catch it early on and treat it before any extensive damage.

How much does a receding gums treatment cost?

At Mouth Dental, periodontal treatments vary depending on your condition and requirements. Special periodontal treatment per half mouth can cost £555, and surgical treatment can cost from £745 onwards.

We help you spread the cost of payment for expensive or long-term treatments at Mouth Dental with our ‘pay-as-you-go’ option and finance assistance. Pay-as-you-go allows you to pay for the treatment on the day of each appointment. We have set up 0% interest-free finance over 12 months and 9.9 % interest for up to five years with Chrysalis Finance. You can obtain more information on financing options by speaking to our customer service team.

Mouth Dental

With a base of over 9,000 private dental patients, Mouth Dental is a multi-clinic practice based at South Quay and Churchill Place in Canary Wharf as well as Nine Elms SW11. Find out more below.

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What does gum recession look like?

You will notice that your teeth appear longer due to a lowered gum line, sometimes lower around some teeth than others. Gums can also look inflamed. When gums pull back from teeth, roots become visible. As gum recession progresses, pockets and gaps form between the teeth and gum line. Bad breath, reddish gums, and a bad taste in the mouth are also signs of gum disease. Gum recession is gradual and not always clearly visible. It is important to inspect your gums as part of dental care.

What causes gums to recede?

There are several reasons, and the no.1 is periodontal disease. Bacterial infections destroy the gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontal disease is a result of untreated gingivitis. Other causes include genetics, aggressive tooth brushing, poor dental care, hormonal changes, mouth trauma, misaligned teeth, bruxism, ill-fitting partial dentures, and smoking. Medical conditions such as diabetes and ageing also contribute to gum recession.

What if gum recession is not treated?

It will lead to gradual bone loss and subsequent tooth loss.

Is gum recession treatment painful?

Local anesthesia is administered before invasive and surgical procedures, so the process is not painful. However, postoperative pain is common and can last 1-3 days, diminishing as you heal. Pain killers will help you manage the pain.

How soon will I recover from a gum graft treatment?

You will recover within 1-2 weeks. Dissolvable stitches will remain for about 2-3 weeks.

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