Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US. Receding gums are one of the most important signs of gum disease, and they contribute significantly to damage to your teeth. However, receding gums are just a symptom of the more serious problem, and simply treating receding gums won’t save your teeth.

Instead, you need to identify the cause of receding gums and take care of it. Once that is done, nonsurgical gum rejuvenation can give you back the healthy appearance of your smile.

How Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss

dreamstime_xs_27573999Gum disease is when bacteria infect the area around your teeth, what is called the periodontal area. As bacteria spread, they damage the gums, causing them to detach from your teeth and lose volume. This is gum recession, and it’s bad for teeth.

Once the cementum is exposed, your teeth become vulnerable to root decay, which is much more likely than crown decay to lead to the loss of a tooth.

But there’s another way that gum disease leads to tooth loss. Under your gums is bone that supports your teeth. When bacteria penetrate into the bone, they damage this bone, and, in response, your body initiates a strong immune response, which, ironically, also destroys bone. The result is that your teeth have no support and fall out.

Why Gum Rejuvenation Won’t Save Teeth

Gum rejuvenation is a great cosmetic treatment, but it’s not a cure for gum disease. We can reposition the gum tissue back over your teeth, which can reduce the risk of root decay, but it won’t stop the infection. Think about it this way: if your hand is infected, you can’t stop the infection by putting on a glove.

Worse, if you have an infection going on, bacteria will just cause your gums to recede again, ruining your results. Before you get gum rejuvenation, you need to make sure your gum disease is under control.

Techniques for getting gum disease under control may include changes in your oral hygiene, antibiotics, and aggressive treatment by a dentist or periodontist.

But once your gum disease is under control and your teeth are safe, your smile may still look unhealthy because of receding gums. That’s where gum rejuvenation comes in: it can make your smile look healthy again.

To learn more about the benefits of gum rejuvenation and whether it can help you, please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County.