When you look at your smile in the mirror, do your teeth appear longer than they once were? You may have receding gums, which is usually cause by gum disease, but there are other factors that can contribute to this problem as well. Gum recession can lead to various issues in addition to appearance, including tooth sensitivity, which is why you may be wondering whether your tissue will grow back. Read on to learn more about gum recession and what your dentist can do to help!
Signs of Receding Gums
If you already notice that your gums are receding, it’s time to seek treatment. However, it’s also important to be aware of some of the beginning symptoms of receding gums, including:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive gums
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Mouth sores
- Separation between teeth and gums
What Causes Gum Recession?
There are a few main causes of gum recession:
- Poor oral health: When plaque and bacteria build up along the gumline, your tissue can become inflamed. This leads to gum recession, jawbone deterioration, and even tooth loss if left untreated.
- Aggressive brushing: There is such a thing as brushing too hard. Scrubbing your gums may eventually wear them away and damage your teeth.
- Genetics: it’s possible to have a higher risk of gum recession if there is family history of the problem.
- Grinding: Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can lead to numerous issues, including gum recession and worn-down enamel.
- Tobacco use: According to the CDC, smoking and other tobacco use increases your risk of gum recession as well as other oral health problems like bad breath and stained teeth.
Treatments for Gum Recession?
Unfortunately, your gums cannot grow back once they recede, which is why it’s so important to take care of them! However, your dentist thankfully has treatment options to help you avoid the sensitivity that receding gums can cause while restoring your even, beautiful smile. For mild cases, they may recommend gum disease therapy, which involves a deep cleaning of your smile. This is sometimes enough to reverse gum disease and prevent it from getting worse.
For noticeable recession, gum grafting can be performed. This is a surgical procedure that takes tissue from one area of your body (like the roof of your mouth) and transfers it to the area in need. Another method called the pinhole surgical technique manipulates the existing tissue to cover the exposed roots. After examining your smile, your dentist will be able to recommend the solution that works best for you.
Ready to enjoy smiling once more? Contact your dentist for gum recession treatment before the problem becomes worse!
About the Practice
At 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center, we have a team of 4 dentists, including Dr. Andrew Barnett, who is a Board-Certified Periodontist. With years of experience and extensive training, he can treat even the toughest of gum recession cases. To schedule an appointment, we can be reached through our website or by phone at (972) 255-3712.