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6

How to Correct Gum Recession

Posted in Gum Disease

First of all, the bad news is that once lost, gum tissue doesn’t really grow back. This is particularly true of the margin of gumlines that you see when you smile.

Since gums are necessary for protecting and anchoring teeth in place, what can you do to treat teeth affected by gum recession?

Causes of “Long Teeth”

An important step is figuring out what has been causing the recession so that you can put an end to whatever is bothering your gums. If you leave the source of irritation, then the recession will only get worse.

Gum recession is commonly attributed to:

  • Poorly fitted restorations
  • Tooth brushing techniques
  • Habits like nail-biting
  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

How to Treat Gum Recession

If your recession is caused by something like periodontal disease, then a deep cleaning may be enough to eliminate infection and swelling. This encourages the gums to heal tightly against the tooth once again.

Even after you get gum disease under control, you might find that more help is needed. In some cases, a regenerative agent can encourage the deep layers of gum tissue to regrow and attach more firmly to the tooth.

The last resort is grafting. Gum grafting takes a small amount of tissue from another area and places it over exposed teeth.

Great oral hygiene is very important to preventing gum recession. If your gums are creeping further away from your tooth, it’s all the more important to care for your mouth the right way. There are many other recommendations for protecting teeth affected by recession, so ask  your dentist about what procedures are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

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