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:
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.
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Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
Receding gums is a common oral health issue that many people don’t even notice because it happens so gradually. Once gum recession has been diagnosed, it needs to be treated before it progresses and causes further damage to the gums and teeth. Without treatment, gaps form between the teeth and gum line that allow bacteria to build up and cause gum disease that can ultimately lead to damage to the gums and jawbone and result in tooth loss.
There are several options for treating receding gums. Gum tissue grafts are a common and effective method to replace missing gum tissue. Your dentist will remove tissue from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gums and suture the tissue to the gums at the gum line.
If pockets have formed, your dentist may recommend a pocket depth reduction. During this procedure, your dentist will open up the pockets that have formed in the gums at the base of the tooth and clean out the harmful bacteria. The gum tissue will then be securely stitched in place, closing the pocket and preventing harmful bacteria from entering.
In more serious cases where the supporting bone has been damaged, regeneration is needed. As in a pocket reduction, the dentist opens the pockets and cleans out the harmful bacteria. A regenerative material will be applied to the area and the gum tissue will be secured to the root of the teeth.
Your dentist will explain your options and recommend a treatment plan that will best address your condition. To prevent gum disease from occurring, brush carefully with a soft bristled brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist at least annually and better yet, twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination.
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