Receding gums is a relatively common dental problem marked by the progressive exposition of tooth roots due to the loss of gum tissue. These are sensitive teeth, some cosmetic problems, and, if without treatment, any possible dental complications. Dentists use several procedures to reduce receding gums to restore function and appearance. These dental procedures should be observed regarding their indications, methods, and outcomes.
Scaling and root planing (SRP):
As a rule, this procedure is used as the initial treatment of the receding period, when plaques and tarts remain uncontrolled. After that, the roots of the teeth are polished to avoid bacterial adhesion and enable gums’ reattachment. When gum receding is accompanied by periodontal disease, SRP is usually the first treatment step.
When non-surgical interventions fail, it may result in severe recession; gum grafting is needed. The procedure involves the periodontist or oral surgeon taking a small piece of gum tissue and then transplanting it into the recession area. The gum graft covers the exposed roots while stimulating the re-growth of new connective tissues. The patient’s needs and gum receding level determine graft type.
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST):
Pinhole surgery for receding gum treatment is a modern, minimally invasive method. It is done by creating microscopic holes in the involved gum tissue. After that, there is an act of gently moving the existing gum tissue to cover up the PST, preventing unnecessary grafts and stitching, thus reducing pain and speeding up recovery. It suits patients looking for a less invasive treatment and quicker recovery.
Personalized oral care:
It is important to sustain good oral hygiene regardless of the treatment chosen in order not to have repeated cases of gum receding. Patients should be instructed in good brushing/flossing techniques and how to maintain a routine of visits for examination and cleaning. Further, the use of a desensitizing toothpaste may decrease gum recession-related sensitivity of teeth.
Continuous monitoring and tracking:
When a patient undergoes dental procedures for receding gums, the dentist must monitor them. Regularly reviewing progress can determine if a treatment has been fruitful or if there are any possible problems. According to the patient’s progression, adjustments to the oral care regimen or extra interventions might be suggested.
Treating gum receding calls for a personalized technique dependent on the extent of severity, the underlying reasons, and patients’ specific requirements. It includes non-surgical methods like scaling and root planing and surgical interventions such as gum grafts and advanced periodontal regeneration.
Dentists can, therefore, successfully treat gum receding by selecting the right procedure and giving comprehensive patient education for the better general health of their patients.