Receding Gum Treatment

Think you might have gum disease?

You’re not alone, and over half of adults in the UK suffer from some form of it.

Gum disease can cause numerous oral health complications, including red, bleeding and inflamed gums, bad breath and receding gums. Gum recession is a gradual process in which your gums move away from the enamel, exposing the root surfaces.

If this is happening to you, we have a team of periodontal specialists who can help. Our receding gum treatments are designed to improve the health and appearance of your gums.

To find out more about receding gum treatment at Al-FaPerio, or to book a consultation with our expert periodontists, talk to our reception team today!

Receding gum treatment at Al-FaPerio

Here at Al-FaPerio, we’ve been treating receding gums since 2004. 

There are a number of different causes of gum recession, from excessive tooth brushing to gum disease, which can increase sensitivity along the gums and allow bacterial plaque to build up on exposed teeth. Causing further recession and gum disease.

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Depending on our assessment of your gums, we can offer gum re-constructions, gingival re-contouring and gingival grafting to treat your recession and restore healthy gums and a beautiful-looking smile.

The Benefits of Receding Gum Treatment

  • Treatment brings receding gums to a halt
  • Reduces tooth sensitivity
  • Protects tooth roots from any root decay
  • Improves the appearance of your gums
  • Gums will look healthy and protect your teeth
  • No risk of damaging gum disease

What Causes Gum Recession?

Gum recession is an oral condition when the gum tissue begins to recede. This gradually exposes the roots of your teeth and can be caused by several factors. Common causes of gum recession can include:


Poor Oral Health

Like many oral conditions, the most common cause of gum recession is poor oral health. Lack of visits to the dentist and generally poor oral hygiene can cause gum recession, too.
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Aggressive Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to make sure you maintain a healthy mouth. However, scrubbing your teeth and gums can harm your oral health.
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Grinding Your Teeth

Teeth grinding is a common habit amongst children, teenagers and adults in the UK. If you find yourself continually grinding your teeth, it may cause gum recession or erode teeth and cause misalignment.
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If you remain unsure about what caused gum recession in your mouth, book an appointment with a member of our team and visit us at our London periodontal clinic today.

How to Treat Receding Gums

Al-FaPerio prides itself on offering highly innovative receding gum treatments for patients from London and Essex. Our award-winning periodontal clinic helps treat and improve oral health with our unique laser gum treatments.

These treatments can eliminate gum disease and promote the growth of your gums and bones.

Receding gum treatment - Al-Fa Perio Clinic

These treatments can eliminate gum disease and promote growth for gums and bones.

Gum Reconstruction Treatments Offered:

  • Gingival Re-Contouring: This is where the shape and form of the gums are altered for an enhanced look within the smile. It can be done very quickly with the correct range of lasers. Minimal trauma caused by the use of lasers and aesthetically pleasing results are among the main benefits, along with improved healing.
  • Gingival Grafting: This is an innovative technique where a member of our specialist team adds more gum to improve the appearance and restore your oral health. Gingival grafting is a fantastic solution for gums lost due to gum disease or other infections that leave the roots of your teeth exposed.

The longer you put off getting treatment for receding gums, the greater your chances of tooth loss and other complications.

For more information on our gum recession treatments, contact us on 020 8506 0701 or book an appointment today.

How can I prevent receding gums?

Even mild gum recession is irreversible, and the only way to treat the affected gum tissue is with surgery.

But there are things you can do to make sure it doesn’t get to this point.

It can be as simple as making some changes to your oral hygiene routine – making sure to brush your teeth twice every day and floss, at least, once every day.

You should also start seeing a dental hygienist every couple of months for deep cleaning to keep plaque buildup at bay and prevent periodontal diseases.

For more information on our gum recession treatments, contact us on 020 8506 0701 or book an appointment today.

Receding Gum Treatment FAQs

How can I tell if my gums are receding?

Aside from shrinking gums and exposed tooth roots, receding gums can cause many other problems, including:

  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pain at the gum line
  • Loose teeth

These symptoms are very common and can point to more than just receding gums, so if you notice any of them, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so that they can diagnose and treat the problem appropriately.

If you’re concerned about receding gums, get in touch with our expert periodontists at Al-Fa Perio to discuss your treatment options today!

Who is at risk of gum recession?

Gum recession can happen to anyone at any point in their life, regardless of how well they take care of their teeth. But there are a few groups of people who are more at risk.

It’s most common in patients over the age of 65, and approximately 88% of people aged 65 and over have gum recession on one or more of their teeth.

Pregnant women, women going through menopause and teens going through puberty are also more likely to experience gum recession, due to the hormonal changes occurring in the body.

Those who have periodontal (gum) disease and have had braces or other orthodontic treatment are at a greater risk of receding gums.

Of course, poor oral hygiene puts people more at risk of developing gum recession – as inadequate brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can lead to plaque and tartar build-ups which, when removed by your dentist, leaves the tooth root more exposed.

Is receding gum treatment really necessary?

Once your gums have started to recede, be it with old age or gum disease, the tissue can’t naturally regenerate as such.
For some, gum recession happens really slowly, so there are some subtle changes you can make at home to halt the progression and ensure your gums and teeth are as healthy as they can be.

Things as simple as switching to an electric toothbrush, flossing on a daily basis and scheduling professional teeth cleanings with your dentist every couple of months – among other things – should do the trick.

For others with more advanced gum recession though, receding gum treatment may be the only option to restore lost tissue and avoid the issues – like loose teeth – that come with it.

Is receding gum treatment painful?

We understand that receding gum treatment can sound daunting, especially if you’re already a nervous patient.

However, you can rest assured that you won’t feel a thing during the procedure, thanks to the local anaesthetic we use to numb the area prior.

Your recovery period may be a little uncomfortable, but this is to be expected, and again, it shouldn’t be painful, as such.
You’ll likely experience some tenderness and sensitivity once the numbing has worn off and in the days following treatment but this isn’t something that some over-the-counter pain medication (like paracetamol or ibuprofen) can’t fix.

Our dentists will provide all the aftercare tips you need before you leave the practice, but if you require further help and advice, be sure to give our reception team a call on 020 8506 0701!


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