Common Patient Q’s and A’sGelareh Rahbar DDS
Q: I’ve been told I have gum recession but it doesn’t hurt or anything,should I be concern?
A: yes, if you are diagnosed with this condition, you should find out what is causingthis condition and address that so it doesn’t get worse. You may be in early stagesand lucky enough that it was caught early. Failure to identifying the underlyingfactor and finding a remedy for it will only worsen the condition over time and youwill be hurting in few years with much irreversible damages to your gum.
Q: I’ve been told I have gum recession but I don’t grind or clench and Ialways use soft bristle brushes and never had gum disease in my lifeeither so what could be the reason for my recession?
A: this is a general answer as every patient case is different but a common cause isshifting of the teeth after having braces and not wearing retainers afterwards.When the orthodontist finishes the treatment he/she will finish the bite as well andthis is a very critical step in maintaining the health of the teeth and gum. Mostpatients are not aware of the importance of the retainers and either don’t wear it orlose it later on and as a result teeth will shift over time. Shifting takes place veryslowly and often goes unnoted unless it is also happens in the front where we see itevery day. Shifting could lead to much interference in the bite which leads to lossof bone and attachment and gingival tissue on and around the teeth that areinterfering with each other.
Q: I have gum recession and I had braces and I have permanent retaineron the back of my upper and lower teeth so I know my teeth have notshifted, why do I still have recession?
A: if recession is your case is associated with shifting of your teeth, it could be dueto shifts in your back teeth not your front teeth. Just because you have permanentretainers for the front teeth it doesn’t mean that your back teeth won’t shift. Verylikely your recession is around your back teeth which have shifted or tilted overtime and this shift doesn’t even have to be significant to lead to recession. Evenminor tilts or shifts could lead to major interferences and subsequently recession.
Q: I have recession and never had braces and don’t grind either, whatelse could lead to my condition?
A: having multiple dental restorations (crowns, fillings) or missing teeth could alsolead to gingival recession. Often times when we have many filings or crowns and if they are done over many years by different dentists, your bite is altered over timeand if no dentist takes the time to analyze your bite and check it and if anyadjustments are necessary perform those, you could end up with “malocclusion”which is another underlying factor for recession.3Rahbar Dentistry pcwww.rahbardentistrypc.com