Do your teeth look longer than normal? It’s not that your teeth have grown longer, but your gums have actually started to recede. Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons mostly to do with your oral healthcare habits. Your lifestyle choices, genes, and alignment of your teeth can also play a role in why your gums may be receding. Because this directly affects how your smile looks, you’re probably wondering if they grow back. Read on to learn the effects of receding gums, how to prevent more recession, and whether they’ll grow back from your dentist in Selden.
Effects of Gum Recession
Your gums are meant to protect your teeth by securely connecting your teeth to your jawbone. Your gumline also protects your cheeks and the gums themselves. The edge of the gum tissue can get infected (gum disease) and start to pull away from the teeth, which leaves the roots exposed and more susceptible to decay, tooth loss, and further gum recession.
So, can gums grow back? Sadly, they can’t. Once gum tissue has pulled away from your teeth, it’s gone permanently. However, there are some treatment options available to help with receding gums and give you a healthier looking smile.
Treatment will depend on how much your gums have receded, and whether or not you have gum disease. That being said, there are two common treatments for gum recession:
If you have a considerable amount of gum loss, your dentist may recommend gum grafting. This is a surgical procedure that usually involves taking tissue from one area, like the roof of the mouth, then transferring it to your gums to replace lost tissue. If you have gum disease, your dentist may also conduct a deep cleaning to remove any bacteria or debris before attaching the tissue.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
If your gums haven’t receded too much, your dentist can use this technique to manipulate your existing gum tissue to better cover your exposed tooth roots.
Preventing Further Gum Recession
The best step you can take towards preventing further recession is to maintain a good oral healthcare routine. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep your mouth clean of bacteria that can lead to recession.
You should also know that brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. If you and your dentist think brushing too hard may be the cause, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush that’s easier on your teeth and gums.
Smoking and tobacco products also cause gum recession, and they also make it harder for your gums to heal fully once they’re damaged. So, if you smoke, try to quit for your gum’s sake. It could be a difference maker in your gum health and overall health.
Gum recession is a dental issue that should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible. If you notice your gums receding, contact your dentist right away to get checked out. From there, your dentist will be able to tell you the cause and how severe it is.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has been practicing dentistry in Selden for over 3 decades. He offers periodontal (gum) therapy in his office because he knows that receding gums are a problem for a lot of his patients. He currently runs his own practice, and can be contacted through his website or by phone at (631) 698-9400 for any questions.