Can I Treat Receding Gums Without Surgery?

Gum recession is a common dental condition that occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing the tooth roots. Traditionally, surgical procedures have been used to treat receding gums; however, advancements in dental health have provided alternative non-surgical periodontal care options that may be able to address this issue, depending on its severity.*

If you are suffering from less pronounced gum recession, you may be a candidate for scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth roots and smoothing the surfaces to promote gum reattachment. Alternatively, a number of non-surgical laser dentistry options exist for combatting gum recession. For instance, the Waterlase® MD system can remove diseased gum tissue and stimulate the growth of healthy tissue while promoting blood flow and accelerating the healing process.

With this in mind, gum grafting surgery can also be the right choice for you – particularly if your gum recession is more advanced. Traditional gum grafting involves harvesting gum tissue from one area of the mouth and grafting it onto the area with gum recession*.

To learn more about our options for addressing gum recession, schedule a consultation at Austin Dental Spa today. Remember: prevention and early intervention are key to maintaining good periodontal health!

Medical Resources*

Cleveland Clinic