When you think about the landscape of your smile, your gums are prime real estate. In fact, you may not realize how valuable your gums are until you don’t have enough. Once the gums recede or are diseased, they just don’t grow back, and the consequences are both unattractive as well as unhealthy.
Receding gums can have a negative impact on the overall appearance of your smile. The teeth tend to look longer, and the exposed root surfaces are generally darker in color and rougher in texture than the rest of the enamel. Aside from the cosmetic impact of receding gums, the teeth are more sensitive to temperature and other stimuli and also more prone to cavities and staining.
Once the gums recede or are diseased, they just don’t grow back, and the consequences are both unattractive as well as unhealthy.
With the expert help of your periodontist, you’ll find that you can control or correct your receding gums in order to improve the state of your oral health.
The first step in addressing the issue of receding gums is to arrange a comprehensive periodontal evaluation. Your periodontist can determine the extent of the recession, and then recommend preventive therapy or surgical intervention.
The gums are thin and delicate tissues that can be destroyed by plaque buildup, abrasive brushing, or an unbalanced bite. Recession can even occur when the ligaments connecting the lips to the gums pulls too tightly. Identifying and eliminating these factors can often prevent the gums from receding any further.
For more advanced cases of recession, surgical intervention can prevent further damage as well as repair existing damage. Most of these surgical procedures can be completed in the dental office with the help of modern techniques, laser dentistry, local anesthetics, and sedation if necessary.
Following the appropriate treatment for the recession, you will receive specialized instructions for controlling the health of the gums. Your home care habits will be evaluated, you may receive recommendations for certain oral hygiene products, and you may be advised to schedule more frequent periodontal checkups.
You may not be able to control receding gums on your own. For professional help, contact any of our experienced periodontists for an appointment today.