What To Do if Your Tooth Roots Are Exposed

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Woman getting treatment at Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WA If your tooth roots are already exposed, your best solution is to get treatment. Your dentist will suggest various treatments, such as gum grafting and dental bonding. Further, you may be required to take personal healing and management steps, such as avoiding smoking and monitoring your diet. Here are key steps to take for receding gums:

Consult a Dental Professional

The first step is to visit a dentist. You must undergo an oral exam to determine the root cause of the dental problem. Once a dentist determines the cause, infections such as gum disease can be treated with prescriptions. It is at this appointment that a treatment plan will be discussed.

Watch Your Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can support your oral health. If your gum recession is caused by aging, your dentist may recommend a proper diet rich in vitamins. Limit sugary and acidic foods that can contribute to tooth decay.

Undergo Flap and Osseous Surgery

This is a traditional procedure for advanced stages of gum disease. This technique reduces pockets in the gum, halting the progression of gum recession and tooth root exposure.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery can correct gum recession in various ways. Your dentist may provide surgical options such as autogenous gingival grafting, in which tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth to replace the lost gum tissue. Further, periodontal regeneration surgery might be recommended, which involves placing a protective membrane over healthy gum tissue.

Avoid Harsh Products

If your gum recession is under treatment, you should avoid using harsh tooth hygiene products, aggressive brushing, and using abrasive toothpaste. You should also refrain from acidic foods and drinks.

Use a Mouth Guard

If you suffer from teeth grinding, you may need to get a prescription mouth guard. A mouth guard can prevent further wear on the exposed roots. Make sure you visit us for more information about exposed tooth roots. Book an appointment today.

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