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I Think my Gums are Receding in Matteson, IL

Receding Gums: How It Affect Your Oral Health

  • Increased Sensitivity: Receding gums expose the sensitive root surfaces of teeth, leading to heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as sweet and acidic foods. This increased sensitivity can make eating and drinking uncomfortable, potentially affecting your overall diet and nutrition.
  • Risk of Tooth Decay: The roots of the teeth are not as well-protected by enamel as the crowns, making them more susceptible to decay. When gums recede, the root surfaces become more exposed and prone to bacterial attack. This increases the risk of developing cavities on the roots, which can lead to further oral health issues if left untreated.
  • Gum Disease Progression: Receding gums often contribute to the progression of gum disease (periodontitis). As the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, it creates pockets where bacteria can accumulate and thrive. If not addressed, this bacterial infection can lead to inflammation, gum recession, and even damage to the bone supporting the teeth, ultimately risking tooth loss and impacting overall oral health. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene are essential in managing and preventing the adverse effects of receding gums.
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    Receding Gums

    At Progressive Dental & Associates, we are focused on the health of our patients’ gums just as much as we are focused on their teeth. This is because we understand the critical nature of the gums and the role they play in keeping teeth healthy, strong, and intact. Through regular dental care, we can work to prevent gum disease, and very often, this is the solution. However, if you do notice that your gums have begun to recede, you should call (708) 980-0110 and schedule an appointment with our Matteson, IL dental office. Since gum recession can lead to further health challenges, it is important to address the issue right away.

    Why Are My Gums Receding?

    There could be several reasons for this, and some of them may have to do with your lifestyle. For example, it is important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. However, if you use a hard toothbrush or brush too aggressively, you could actually be irritating your gums and causing them to recede. This is why we recommend that you use a soft or electronic toothbrush whenever possible. You want to make sure you are gentle when brushing near your gums, regardless of what you are using.

    Your gums can also recede due to gum disease. This is actually the most common reason for the condition. At Progressive Dental & Associates, we have found that gum disease can impact patients of all ages, and when it does, it is critical that you come in for a dental cleaning and treatment. Otherwise, you can begin to see the gums recede or pull away from the teeth. The cause is plaque that has become trapped in between teeth and the gums. Since you cannot clean this area, it remains in place, turns into tartar, and irritates your gums to the point that they swell, bleed, become irritated, and eventually recede.

    Genetics can also give you receding gums, so if your parents had this problem, you may as well.If your teeth are crooked and your bite is out of alignment, additional strain could be placed on some of your teeth. As a result of abnormal wear patterns, your gums could begin to suffer and eventually recede.

    Receding Gums FAQs

    Why are my gums receding only on one side?

    If your gums are only receding on one side, it could be simply because plaque just happens to have built up in this area of the mouth. Plaque does not discriminate, but there is a chance that you could have brushed or flossed better on one side of your mouth, or it could be a simple fluke that plaque became trapped in one area but not the other. Another plausible solution is that this mirrors general wear patterns, and if your teeth are crooked and your bite is off, your gum health is also being impacted disproportionally.

    While this could be related to the other causes listed above, it is most likely to do some type of dental trauma. Perhaps this particular area of the mouth was cut or suffered a severe abrasion. Whether the injury was caused by eating something sharp, your nail scratched it, or an outside force cut you, gums can sometimes have difficultly healing and may recede as a result of that injury.

    Yes, you should. At Progressive Dental & Associates, we encourage all our Matteson, IL patients to pay attention to their gum health and call us right away if they see their gums bleeding, swelling, or receding. We want to examine you immediately in order to determine if you have gum disease and then to treat it. You are best served by receiving immediate care because this gives us the opportunity to treat the problem using less invasive methods. For example, you may only need a deep cleaning if you come in right away or perhaps you will need an antibiotic treatment as well, but by coming in early, you give your gums the best chance for restoration without the need for a gum graft. Otherwise, if you delay, they could recede to the point that the health of your teeth, your jawbone, and your entire smile are at risk. After all, the majority of people who lose an adult tooth also had gum disease at the time. Preventing and treating it is truly one of the best things you can do for your oral health.

    The best way to prevent gum recession is to visit our 60443 dental office for a teeth cleaning twice per year. We can remove the plaque and tartar that has built up over time in order to give your teeth a fresh clean feel while also reducing the likelihood that plaque or tartar will build up. Additionally, you can begin to use a soft toothbrush and monitor how aggressively you brush your teeth.

    Yes, if you are suffering gum recession due to gum disease, we must remove the disease. Generally, this requires us to perform a deep cleaning procedure in order to remove the plaque and tartar from the area in between the teeth and the gums. Once done, your gums can begin to heal and rejuvenate. There are also some laser procedures used by Dr. Durr in the 60443 area that help stimulate the gum tissue so it can begin to grow again. Otherwise, if the recession is really bad, you will need a gum graft to restore the tissue around the teeth as a protective measure.

    Very simply, you could lose your teeth. Gum recession is typically caused by gum disease. The idea of not treating it is an incredibly risky option because it means that in addition to experiencing uncomfortable teeth and gums, you are also likely to suffer from bone and tooth loss.

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    Dr. Durr attends countless hours of continuing education at post-doctoral symposiums all over the country every year. Dr. Durr is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and member of DOCS. Since he began practicing dentistry, he has kept up-to-date on many of the latest products, procedures and dental technology, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care possible.

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    Patty Cahue
    December 12, 2023
    I highly recommend Dr Durr at Preogressive Dental in Matteson, he and his Staff are kind and caring. Dr Durr is very gentle when caring for your teeth. He also explains what the plan of care is before he treats you and is letting you what he is doing as he goes!! His assistant is there making sure you are ok at all time.. I love the office staff!!
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    November 28, 2023
    Dr. Durr office took care of my problem right away. They were very prompt and showed exceptional care. I appreciate all the I tentativeness on my teeth. Thank you so much ☺️
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    November 9, 2023
    The service was really great!! They all definitely made me feel comfortable about the procedure that I was going to be getting done. The staff was amazing! I definitely recommend them!!
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    October 24, 2023
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    October 23, 2023
    I am doing this review for my husband Robert. He says that his experience was awesome! The assistants are awesome & the dentist was fantastic. He says makes him more comfortable thinking about any future visits he may have since he’s always apprehensive & nervous about dental visits. Great place he says
    Andrea Siegmeyer
    October 3, 2023
    Staff was very friendly and professional. Dr. Durr was kind and gentle. Did not feel rushed and he answered all of my questions. He even asked permission to touch my teeth because I told him I was having pain. No dentist has ever done that. I am an extremely fearful patient and I felt comfortable and cared for during my visit. Thank you!
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    September 26, 2023
    I’ve had a good experience working with the Progressive Team. The office is very clean, the staff is polite and very prompt, the longest I’ve waited was maybe 5 minutes. So you can beat that.
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    September 11, 2023
    Today was my first visit to the dental office. I must say, everyone from the reception desk to the exam room were exceptionally nice and helpful. Dr. Durr was excellent and answered all of my questions.

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