Dental Tips Blog

Oct
16

How Can I Make My Teeth Shorter?

Shortening your teeth isn’t always easy to do. There’s only so much of your tooth your dentist can remove before it hurts and becomes totally useless! But there’s still hope.

Most likely, your teeth look a little on the long side due to gum recession.

That’s right – you might have more of a gum problem than a tooth one if your teeth look long.

Shrinking Gums Cause Long Teeth

Your teeth don’t usually keep growing. They stop when they meet opposing teeth. You may have one tooth that grows over the limit because it doesn’t have an opposite neighbor. In that case, you will need some corrective treatment to get the tooth back in place or totally replaced.

But in most cases, it’s gums creeping away from the crowns of teeth that make them look long. Receding gums expose the long yellow tooth roots and leaves gaps between teeth.

What causes gum recession? That could be a number of factors:

  • Gum disease
  • Rough brushing habits (like using a hard-bristled toothbrush)
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Age

At any rate, you don’t like the way your teeth look without sufficient gum coverage. Not to mention, those exposed roots might feel a little sensitive.

What Can Be Done About Long Teeth?

The first step is removing the irritant that’s causing the receding gums, if possible. If you don’t do that, your gums will never stay in place.

Your dentist may recommend minor gum surgery, grafting, or other clever procedures to restore your gum line to its rightful position. Find out more when you schedule a smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Parklane Family Dentistry
1606 FM 423, Suite 200
Frisco, TX 75033
469-452-2998

Dec
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

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

Mar
12

What are Receding Gums?

Posted in Gum Disease

If you, or a family member, have been told your gums were receding, you may have wondered what they really meant.  Receding gums, also known as gum recession, is actually what happens when your gum line begins to wear away.

This wearing away of the gum line and surrounding tissue then exposes the root of the tooth.  Someone with gum line recession may notice increase hot or cold sensitivity when eating or drinking, or may notice gaps in their tooth line.  A receding gum line can also be a common sign of gum disease or periodontal disease.

The problem with gum line recession is not only root exposure and tooth sensitivity, but also the increased susceptibility for plaque and other bacteria to build up.  When the gum line wears away, there is additional space for this bacteria to accumulate, making the progression of tooth decay and gum disease even faster.  If receding gums are not treated, eventually the tissue holding the tooth in place, and the bone the tooth is attached to, will be damaged.  This damage can be severe enough to cause tooth loss, bone loss, and change in mouth shape.

Even though this sounds incredibly scary, receding gums are actually very common.  If you feel a notch around your tooth, or if your tooth looks ‘longer’ than normal, you may have some gum line recession occurring.  If you have noticed these symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.  There are a variety of options for treating receding gums including gum recontouring and gum grafts.  While waiting to see your dentist, continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day.  Gum disease is treatable when caught early enough, and treating gum disease will help you keep your natural smile the rest of your life!

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Aug
6

Are Your Gums Receding?

When the gum tissue surrounding your teeth begins to recede and expose more and more of your teeth, this is a condition referred to as gum recession.  Gum recession or receding gums is a common dental condition that can be cause by a variety of factors.  Gum disease is one of the primary causes of receding gums.  Bacteria that infects the gums can destroy gum tissue and cause the gums to recede.  Left untreated, gum disease can cause serious health problems and tooth loss.

Brushing too hard can also lead to receding gums.  Brushing twice a day is good for your oral health, but brushing hard only wears down the tooth enamel and gums.  There is no need to brush hard.  On the other hand, not brushing often enough can also lead to gum recession. The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth will form plaque and tartar that will build up below the gums and cause gingivitis, gum disease, and gum recession. Brushing  gently with a soft bristle brush twice a day and flossing once a day will remove plaque and bacteria and help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and gum recession.  In addition, you should see your dentist regularly for a dental cleaning and checkup.   Some people don’t notice receding gums because it happens slowly, but your dentist will be able to identify it during an examination and treat it before it gets worse.

Other causes of receding gums include tongue or lip piercing, crooked teeth, hormonal changes, and teeth grinding.  Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco and cigarettes, also contributes to gum recession.  In addition, some people are simply genetically predisposed to gum recession no matter how well they take care of their oral health.

Gum recession can and should be treated to avoid damage to your teeth, gums, and the supporting structures.  Without treatment, gum recession can result in the loss of your teeth.  If you notice your gums receding, consult with your dentist about treatment options.

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