Dental Tips Blog

Feb
11

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Recession and Long Teeth

Posted in Receding Gums

Long teeth are associated with things like lack of dental care or villains on horror movies. But the unfortunate reality is that many people are prone to getting longer teeth as they age.

How can you avoid the appearance of having long teeth due to a shrinking gum line?

  1. Use a softer toothbrush.

Brushing too aggressively and/or with a coarse toothbrush is a fast way to irritate your gingiva and make them shrink back. Switch to a brush with softer bristles for gentler brushing.

  1. Floss daily.

Gum disease is what causes inflammation that makes gum infected, eventually causing them to pull away from teeth. Flossing removes bacteria that causes periodontal infections. So floss every day if you want to save your smile!

  1. Irrigate your gums.

A gentle stream of water pressure can be very therapeutic for gum tissue, especially if you have trouble flossing. Water irrigators or water flossers are perfect for boosting your oral hygiene routine at home.

  1. De-stress!

Gum recession can occur in some areas as a result of teeth grinding. By addressing a teeth-clenching habit, you may slow down or even stop gum recession. Stress is often to blame for the habit, so try some relaxation techniques to soothe away the tension.

  1. See your dentist.

Your dentist is the best source of personalized advice for avoiding gum recession. He or she will keep a record of your gum measurements to watch for signs that your gums are receding.

If you have some areas where long yellow tooth roots are showing already, then your dentist will also have some tips for restoring the area.

Call your dentist today to learn more about options like gum re-contouring, gum grafting and periodontal therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Nov
30

Is Gingival Recontouring Right for Me?

Posted in Periodontics

Have you ever looked at your teeth and notice that the gums are all different heights? Some may be too high, others too low. Many scenarios arise as to why this happens, but now you may be considering if cosmetic gum contouring is right for you and you want to know some options.

Reducing Gummy Smiles

A gum reduction is needed when there is too much gingival tissue covering the teeth. Your teeth may look short or uneven. Lasers are becoming increasing popular for reduction procedures, due to quick and easy recoveries. As the laser trims the tissue it is simultaneously cauterizing it, which aids the healing process. Removing excess tissue can be more satisfying to the eye, but also keeps a tooth healthier because there is less of a pocket under the gums for bacteria to accumulate.

When There Isn’t Enough Gum Tissue Present

One of the most common gum problems is called recession, when the gum is too low and teeth look long.  Gum tissue is a key structure in keeping your teeth stable and healthy. Once the gum is loss, it will not regrow on its own. A periodontist or dentist can graft new tissue either from your palate (or possibly use donor tissue depending on the scenario and location in the mouth.) Grafting isn’t a quick solution; it can be tender in the days that follow the surgery. Bruising may occur and recovery may take a bit of time to fully heal …so learning about what caused the gum to recede is essential in preventing the need for this type of gum treatment again.

Both gum recontouring procedures are equally important reasons to correct your uneven appearance. Ultimately, they will increase the longevity of your smile. Ask your dentist if you need gingival recontouring!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
27

Gingival Grafting Can Save Your Smile

Posted in Gum Disease

What is gingival grafting and why is it so important when it comes to saving the life (and appearance) of your smile? 

Gingival grafting is a procedure that is used to help cover the exposed root surfaces of teeth that have experienced moderate to severe gum recession. When gum recession takes place it can: 

  • Compromise the appearance of your smile
  • Predispose teeth to mobility or tooth loss
  • Allow sensitivity or tooth decay to affect the weaker root surfaces 

What causes gum recession? Although it can be a variety of different factors, some of the most common causes include: 

  • Aggressive toothbrushing
  • Gum disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Grinding/Bruxism
  • Aggressive orthodontic therapy 

Covering the exposed root surfaces with host, or donor gingival tissue, the patient can prevent complications caused by gum recession. The new tissue fuses directly with the tissues in the surrounding area, and “blanket” the tooth so that it is no longer exposed to external stimuli. 

The procedure usually takes just one appointment. As mentioned, the patient can have gingival tissue used from another part of their mouth or from a host. Depending on the type of graft needed, sutures may not even be required. Over the next several weeks the tissue will begin to fuse in the area so that it becomes one with your existing gum tissue. 

It’s not worth the risk to lose your healthy tooth to gum recession. Your gums are an important part of a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Thankfully, gingival grafting is an excellent way to preserve your smile and avoid some of the common pitfalls that people find themselves in due to severe tissue loss. 

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Dec
3

Exposed Tooth Roots Pose an Increased Risk of Developing Decay

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you have gum recession, periodontal disease, or damage that causes your root surfaces to be exposed? If you do, it’s important for you to know that this area of your tooth is much weaker and susceptible to developing cavities than your strong tooth enamel. In fact, this part of the tooth is made of dentin, which is almost 70% weaker than enamel.

What does that mean for you? It means that additional care is needed to prevent your teeth from developing root cavities. Once root cavities begin to form, they can progress very quickly, complicating the health of your entire tooth. Taking the right steps can help prevent root cavities from forming, as well as other side effects like sensitivity.

Topical fluoride varnish is a simple, effective treatment that blocks the pores of dentin for up to 3 months. That means there’s no sensitivity and less likelihood to develop cavities. Varnish isn’t the same as other types of fluoride; it’s an even stronger paste that adheres directly to your tooth and is applied by your dentist or hygienist.

Gum grafting may be recommended if your recession is very severe. This uses a piece of donor tissue from you or other source to recover the existing exposed area. It’s applied just like a small blanket draped over the root of your tooth, which then adheres to the dentin and surrounding gum tissue.

Tooth colored bonding can help cover mild to moderate areas of exposed roots, and is similar to having a small filling placed. The composite material is matched to your enamel and shaped over the area of exposed root, bonding to your tooth structure the same way other types of tooth colored fillings are.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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Jul
3

Gum Recession and Grafting

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum recession is the condition where the levels of gum tissue slowly work their way down the tooth, exposing the root. Several factors can cause gum recession, including:

  • Aggressive brushing with a stiff bristled toothbrush
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Misaligned teethPeriodontal disease
  • Rapid orthodontic therapy
  • Tobacco use

When the root is exposed, it allows the next layer of tooth called the dentin to be exposed to external stimulates that it isn’t supposed to be. Normally this porous structure is protected by the gums and guarded from things that otherwise cause sensitivity or damage to the tooth.

You may notice areas of recession by:

  • Yellow areas on the teeth along the gums
  • Appearance of longer teeth
  • Sensitivity near the gumlines

When gum recession is severe, treating the area with surgical gum grafting can be very effective at saving the tooth or eliminating the sensitivity associated with that area. Grafting uses donor tissue from another part of your mouth, or from a tissue bank to place a new layer of gingival tissue over the tooth. In some cases there is not even a need for suturing. When cared for properly, these areas heal well, resulting in stability and decreased sensitivity of receded areas.

If left untreated, areas of severe recession can cause decay, mobility and loss of the affected tooth. Gum recession should be monitored very carefully, and factors such as gum disease (periodontal disease) or smoking should be eliminated to increase the success of grafting treatments. Also remember that using only soft bristled toothbrushes is an essential part of preventing gum recession and enamel abrasion. It may not feel as though you’re scrubbing hard enough to get the teeth clean, but gentle plaque removal is the best way to protect your teeth for a lifetime.

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