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Normal Gums Vs Receding Gums
New rec gums 2 lower teeth. h/o healthy teeth but always aggressive/hard when brushing. No bleed/other symp. Gingivitis, gum disease or from brushing?
All of the above: While periodontal or gum disease is the main cause of gum recession, aggressive tooth brushing can contribute. As I understand it, gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease, but the more severe periodontitis is a serious gum infection damaging the soft tissue & destroying the bone that supports your teeth. Receding gums are symptoms of both. Follow your dentist's guidelines for prevention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is the loss of gum volume due most commonly to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Other causes of gum recession include inherited genes, aggressive tooth brushing, tobacco and other drug use, as well as vitamin ...Read more
Periodontal disease: Floss carefully several times/day. Rinse with half-strength hydrogen peroxide. Get a Water Pik, and use it every day. CoQ10 orally, and perhaps gently brushed into the gums may help. Also, use Xylitol mints, make a solution with Xylitol, or you can even brush with Xylitol (it kills bacteria). If the condition doesn't get better in a week or so, see a dental hygienist or dentist ...Read more
Getting a recurring mouth ulcer between gums and cheek near root canaled tooth, gums are tender and sore. Dentist says X-ray of root canal looks good?
Recurring ulcer: Any sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal in 10-14 days, or is recurring, needs to be examined and possibly biopsied. If your dentist is unsure why you are have a lesion, Have the root canal evaluated by an endodontist. If the root canal is sound, and no other teeth are involved, see an oral surgeon or periodontist for an exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is not unusual to have some facial swelling for the first 2-3 days after surgery. The gum tissue overlying and adjacent to the extraction sites may also sometimes have some irritation during that time as well. Keep the extraction sites clean by following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The gums bleed when the tooth is removed because the blood flow to the tooth is broken and open. This is common, and should stop quickly if not irritated. Certain medications can slow the clot formation and suction from a cigarette or straw can cause bleeding to continue. It may indicate gingivitis to the area which is normal as brushing and cleaning around an extraction site should be gentle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?
Yes: Aggressive brushing and flossing can damage the thin gum tissue causing it to break down. The improper mechanical use of the toothbrush is a key cause for gum recession. Increased pressure on the toothbrush or dental floss will only harm gingival tissue without increasing the cleaning action of brushing or flossing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Patients with gum recession can have their teeth whitened. However, there is an increased possibility of sensitivity, which should be taken into account by your dentist. In these cases, a whitening gel of lower concentration can be used along with one of several desensitizing agents. In cases of extreme sensitivity, the whitening can be done either intermittently or in office tooth by tooth. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Infection or....: If you are an older patient you may have residual periodontal defects that need treatment. Impacted teeth can impinge on the nerve causing a neurotaxis, delayed healing or altered sensation. Sharp bone under the gum keeps it sore. Make sure no tooth is left behind or cavity around it.Worst case is neuroma formation but highly unlikely. It can take months for normal feeling to return. See the oms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lower gums hurting for over a week especially by the canine teeth. looks as if my gums are thin by canine teeth. is this from wisdom teeth growing in?
Referred pain: Gums look thinner over the canines because they are very thick. The poor wisdom teeth get blamed for everything, whether they are at fault or not. Sore gums may be due to gum disease or malocclusion. You have unremitting pain. Time to have it evaluated. Call your Dentist for an examination to find out what's really going on and what should be done to fix it. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the surgery and the instruments used. Was is laser or scalpel? Are you talking about the donor site or beneficiary site? Was a dressing placed? Was it a localized graft (1-2 teeth) or more involved? Are you on any meds? Diabetic? Also depends on where graft was done.These answers are needed to help answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?
Varying Factors: Each situation is slightly different... your post infers that "gum grafting" and "gum recession" are exactly the same in every patient: they are not. Your own periodontist can best explain why or why not the procedure is right for your situation. ...Read more