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The dental practice of Dr Diss, Dr Birault, Dr Ros Alsina and Dr Ferchero, Dental Surgeon in Nice


455 Promenade des Anglais – Immeuble Nice Premier 06200 Nice

Receding gums after treatment

Receding gums after periodontal treatment is a perfectly normal phenomenon. It is a sign that the gums are healthy again.

The purpose of periodontal treatment is to get the pockets to disappear which can happen by:

  • Regeneration of lost bone:  the bone grows and is repositioned 3 millimetres under the gum.
  • Receding gums: the gum recedes then rejoins the bone and is repositioned 3 millimetres above the gum.

In general, disappearance of the pocket involves two interlinked phenomena without it being possible to know in advance.

Why does the gum recede?

gencives-retractees-1-aIt is normal for the gums to recede because it is not possible to regenerate all the lost bone.

When you had periodontitis, the gum was red and swollen as a result of inflammation and this swelling masked the effects of the disease.

With treatment, the inflammation is reduced; the gum is no longer swollen and recedes naturally to become positioned 3 millimetres from the supporting bone. This is a healthy condition.

Gum recession is an aesthetic problem for you, what can be done?
  • The only way to deal with this problem is to cheat by using prosthetics.
  • Ceramic crowns may be suggested to close the spaces between the teeth.
  • In the front zones, gum recession can result in the appearance of black triangles between the teeth.
  • The teeth can also look longer.

 

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Remember

Gum recession is inevitable in the case of advanced periodontitis with substantial bone loss.

It is an absolute necessity for saving your teeth.

It is a sign of recovery from the disease.