Receding Gums Treatment

Can be most prevalent in adults over the age of 40 

Receding gums or gum recession (gingival recession) is the process by which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away or pulls back, if left untreated it leads to the gradual exposure of the tooth and tooth root.


Gum recession is a common problem in adults, but it can also start to occur in teenage years. In its earlier stages it can be difficult to self-diagnose because the changes often occur gradually and without symptoms.


Consequences of receding gums recession can include, 

  • Increased tooth sensitivity, 
  • Root decay
  • Poor aesthetics due to uneven gum margins and exposure of the root surface which is typically darker and more yellow in colour; and 
  • Eventual tooth loss due to the breakdown of the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth.


At one80 Dental our Periodontal services team has an impressive breadth of experience and knowledge in the prevention and treatment of gum conditions at all stages. There are a number of treatments available for receding gums and depending on the extent of the recession the treatment required can vary. You may just need to see the hygiene services team for instructions on how to carefully clean the teeth at home in a way that does not impact your gums in a negative way; or you may need some deep cleaning therapy (RSD) and further guidance on how to maintain a good level of oral health; or you may need a consultation with Dr Machin for a more detailed assessment and possible surgical intervention.


More severe cases of gum recession will naturally require more detailed or advanced treatments which may be necessary to manage for both aesthetic and preventative reasons.


At one80 Dental we use a variety of surgical procedures and our specialist led team use some of the most advanced techniques available, coupled with best clinical practice and modern surgical facilities. Depending on what is the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs, these procedures can sometimes include gingival or connective tissue grafting (taken from the palate) and/or dental implant placement in the case of tooth loss or tooth extraction. Dr Machin will discuss his recommendations in detail during your treatment planning phase and will only recommend the most appropriate course of action for you.


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One80 Dental is also a Specialist Referral Centre, which means that our team can work closely with your own dentist to help address your dental concerns whatever they may be. Ask them to give us a call or complete a referral form online and our team will do the rest. We will keep your dentist regularly updated on your progress and we will return you to their care once we have completed the work set out in their referral to us.

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  • Visible roots. This is one of the main characteristics of a more severe case of gum recession.


  • Longer-looking teeth and black triangles. Patients experiencing gum recession often have a “toothy” smile.  The length of the teeth is perfectly normal, but the gum tissue has been lost which results in making the teeth appear longer. Larger spaces between teeth can also result in “black triangles”


  • Bad breath, inflamed and bleeding gums. These are usually characteristic of gingivitis or periodontal disease.  A bacterial infection causes the gums to recede from the teeth and may cause tooth loss if not treated promptly.
  • Overenthusiastic toothbrushing. Improper use of an electric toothbrush or applying too much pressure when using a manual toothbrush can have a serious impact on the condition of your gums.


  • Periodontal disease.  Gum disease causes the destruction of the gums, periodontal ligaments, and bone that holds the teeth in place. This can result in gum recession.


  • Smoking. The biggest cause of periodontal disease. It causes the destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament, and bone that holds the teeth in place and contributes to gum recession in the same way as active periodontal disease.


  • Tooth malposition. If your teeth are not in alignment with one another, gum recession can occur due to the roots of the teeth not being centred within the jawbone. If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, book a consultation with our Specialist Orthodontist, who will be able to discuss any concerns in detail with you. Our clinicians work collaboratively in order to achieve the optimum results for you and your oral health.


There are many causes and factors that can contribute to gum recession; and there are many stages.  As with any condition the sooner it can be identified, the better. Make an appointment with our Periodontal Services Team for a consultation, and they will advise you on the most appropriate treatment or therapy based on your individual needs.

At one80 Dental our entire team is committed to supporting you with your oral health including the health of your gums. In our opinion, prevention is always better than cure.  Our team provide excellent guidance, practical tips and advice on how to prevent or maintain your oral health and if you take care of your gums and oral health in general, you greatly reduce the chances of suffering from receding gums or periodontal conditions.


You can also take the following steps to help reduce the risk of receding gums:


  • Cut back on bad habits, like smoking for example, as this makes it harder for the gum tissue to repair itself.


  • Maintain an effective oral hygiene, including brushing and cleaning between the teeth on a daily basis. An unclean mouth makes it much easier for gum recession to develop because of the build-up of bacteria between the teeth. Our team is excellent at tailoring their oral hygiene advice. Sometimes only a fine-tuning of your current habits is all that is needed to get self-performed plaque control to the highest standards. 


  • Regular hygiene and dentist appointments to remove any plaque build-up as well as to monitor the current condition of your gums and teeth.  Make an appointment with our dental team for a check-up or our hygienist team to take advantage of our EMS AIRFLOW® therapy.


If you are concerned that you may have receding gums book a consultation with our Specialist in Periodontics who will undertake a detailed assessment and present recommendations that are appropriate to your individual needs.

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