Receding gums can be a huge hassle. Not only will this condition affect how your smile looks, but it can also lead to increased sensitivity.
Moreover, it’s essential to get the underlying cause of receding gums treated to prevent the condition from causing permanent damage to your oral health.
While cosmetic dentistry can help you improve your smile’s appearance after a gum recession, you may also need restorative care.
What Causes Receding Gums?
Receding gums refer to a condition where the soft tissue pulls back from the teeth and exposes more of the tooth than is normal. In some cases, receding gums can end up exposing the tooth’s root.
This makes the teeth look longer and changes the appearance of your smile. Gum recession can be caused by many things, such as:
- Brushing your teeth too hard
- Improper oral hygiene
- Gum disease
- Badly fitted dentures or crowns, etc.
How Are Receding Gums Treated?
First, it’s important to identify the root cause of gum recession and prevent the condition from getting worse. For this, you will need to see a dentist, who will conduct an oral health assessment and provide appropriate treatment.
For instance, if gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, you will need to go through deep cleaning and even antibiotic therapy to treat the infection. The dentist will try to remove tartar buildup from the teeth and even below the gum line in severe cases.
Once the root condition is treated, you can fix the appearance of your smile.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix Gum Recession?
A cosmetic dentist has many tools and methods to improve the way your smile looks, including ways to fix gum recession.
For minor cases, a cosmetic dentist may use dental bonding and enameloplasty to change the shape of your teeth and mask the effects of gum recession.
But if the condition is more advanced, then your only option is gum contouring. It’s a simple procedure that involves using tissue from another area of the mouth, usually the roof, and taking a small graft to restore gum tissue next to your teeth.
Can Gum Tissue Grow Back?
Unfortunately, once the gums have pulled back from the teeth, the effects are permanent. Gum tissue doesn’t regenerate the same way other tissue in your body does. The only way to improve your smile’s appearance is to see a dentist to find out your best treatment options.
How Rochelle Dental Can Help
Dr. Viccaro and Dr. Lo aim to provide Rochelle Park residents with compassionate and professional dental services designed to restore oral health and achieve stunning smiles.
If you’re dealing with receding gums and are wondering if cosmetic dentistry is the right solution, you can find out by scheduling a consultation.
Book an appointment at Rochelle Dental online, or call us at (201) 843-7474.