Receding Gums New York City
Of all the oral health issues experienced by individuals in New York City, receding gums is one of the most readily noticeable. If your teeth appear longer or your gums seem to be pulling back from the teeth, you may have receding gums: a serious-but-treatable condition.
Your gum tissue protects the bone in your mouth. When this dense barrier is broken, it can leave a small wound that allows bacteria to enter. This bacteria and your body’s response can erode gum tissue, supporting bone, and your teeth.
Learn about warning signs and treatments available to New York City receding gums patients below.
Receding Gums: Common Symptoms
Some of the signs of receding gums are subtle. Others cause discomfort or visual changes in the mouth. They include:
- Teeth that appear longer or gums that seem to be retracting from the teeth.
- A yellowish color where the teeth meet the gums.
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold at the gum line.
- Deep pockets forming in the gums between teeth.
- Spaces between the teeth or a change in the way teeth come together when biting.
- Teeth that are loose or that shift.
If you notice something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth, contact Dr. Kissel so that you can prevent the problem from worsening.
Treatment for New York City Receding Gums Patients
Visiting with an experienced periodontist is the best way to find out what level of treatment your gum recession requires.
A gum graft is the typical surgery for repairing advanced gum recession. Dr. Kissel uses the microscope and microsurgical techniques to prevent further bone loss and to improve the cosmetics of your smile. Microsurgery has so many advantages over traditional techniques when treating recession. The tissues at these sites are often very thin, similar to a piece of paper. Microsurgery can reduce the invasiveness of surgery, limit the surgical site, eliminate or reduce the risk of complications, and open new doors to solve complex situations. Dr. Kissel has performed thousands of soft tissue grafts.
In the procedure, he takes donor tissue from another part of the mouth and attaches it beneath existing tissue, covering the exposed tooth root and resealing the gums to protect the mouth. Connective tissue grafts can also:
- Eliminate pigmentation of the gums.
- Cover up crown margins (the black line you may see when gums recede).
- Thicken the gum tissue surrounding implants and crowns.
Patients tell us that they feel little-to-no discomfort with tissue grafts. Microsurgical techniques allow your gums to heal quickly, without complications, and with no visible signs of having a procedure.
If you notice changes in the appearance of your gums and teeth, schedule an appointment with New York City receding gums expert Dr. Scott Kissel today. Call 212-702-9088 or contact us online.