Receding gums can elongate a tooth’s appearance and significantly harm its stability. Thankfully, a solution exists that can rebuild gums to be even stronger than before.
What Is Gum Recession?
Gum recession occurs when gum tissue wears away and pulls back, exposing more of the tooth. This process happens gradually, and it may take some time before you notice its effects. Early signs include tooth sensitivity, a notch felt near the gum line, and visibly longer teeth.
What Causes Gums to Recede?
There are several potential causes of gum recession. Gum disease is the main cause, as the infection destroys gum tissue. Other causes include habits such as excessive tooth grinding or aggressive tooth brushing – these can create wear on the enamel, and consequentially, the gum tissue. Insufficient dental care can cause buildup of tartar, which can also impact the gums.
The Effects of Gum Recession
When gums recede, teeth can lose needed stability. If left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, which can lead to tooth loss. Gaps can also form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up and cause further harm. Additionally, the appearance of elongated teeth can cause cosmetic concerns.
Receding gums can be restored through gum grafting, a treatment that grafts new tissue onto worn gums, restoring their strength and providing resilience against future recession. During the grafting process, the operating periodontist can shape the new tissue to create a natural smile. This procedure is performed while the patient is under IV sedation, preventing pain. The healing process can be expedited through platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, treatment, which encourages innate healing abilities to act faster and minimize discomfort during recovery. After only one or two days, you’ll be ready to return to your normal routine!