What Are Receding Gums?
Receding gums (or gum recession) is when the pink tissue that holds the teeth in place starts to fall away from the tooth. This exposes too much of the tooth's surface area, and in severe cases, can expose the root of the tooth. This can make the patient sensitive to hot or cold foods. If it is left untreated, gum recession can actually damage the bone that keeps teeth in place. At its worst, gum recession can lead to tooth loss.
What Happens If the Dentist Finds Receding Gums?
When you get your regular dental exam from our friendly dentist, he will check the health of your gums. he will check the health of your gums. If you have receding gums, and evidence of gingivitis (gum inflammation), or periodontitis (gum disease), then your gums will be checked for the level of damage. This is usually done by using an instrument to measure the depth of the pockets in the gums.
What Causes Receding Gums?
Receding gums are typically caused by bacteria that is generated from tartar and plaque build-up. Regular teeth cleanings can help clean that build-up and reduce the risk of gum disease. However, receding gums can be caused by a variety of factors, including overbrushing (brushing too hard), genetics, and a weakened immune system.
Even physical wear and tear can cause receding gums, and this can occur from things that might surprise you, from night-time teeth grinding to lip piercings. Smoking and tobacco use can cause gum recession. Also, dentures that aren't fitted properly can also be a cause of receding gums.
How Much Does Soft Tissue Grafting Cost?
The cost of soft tissue grafting can be average from $2,800 and $3,200. Your insurance may cover some or all of these costs. The exact cost depends on the level of gum disease and damage, as well as other factors.