St. Lawrence Dentistry recognizes the importance of treating gum recession. This is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that protects the teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing more tooth root. When gum recession occurs, ‘pockets’ or gaps form between the teeth and gum line. This makes it easy for disease causing bacteria to build up and destroy teeth. If left untreated, the supporting tissues and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged and may ultimately result in tooth loss and even severe health consequences. Gum recession is a common dental problem and most people do not know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity or you may notice the teeth look longer than normal. Early detection and treatment is essential to maintaining overall health and saving teeth. Periodontal disease is the chief cause of gum recession. These are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place. Due to genetics some people are more susceptible to gum disease. In fact a large portion of the population is susceptible to gum disease regardless of how well they care for their teeth. Other causes are aggressive tooth brushing, insufficient dental care, hormonal changes, tobacco use, clenching of teeth, misalignment of teeth, and body piercings of the lip or tongue.

If you think your gums are receding, it is advisable to make an appointment with a Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist to evaluate your individual case. Dr. Allan Hawryluk is a dentist in Port Credit, Mississauga who is certified in the Pinhole technique to treat gum recession.