Receding gums can make your teeth look overly large and can eventually expose the roots of the teeth and create sensitivity issues. Proper oral hygiene can sometimes slow the tissue erosion, but there is no way to grow the tissue back once it has receded. You will instead need to talk with a professional, like Dental Care by Spring Dental, about your options.
There are a few different ways your cosmetic dentist can help make your gums and smile look healthier. The techniques range from minimally to moderately invasive depending on the severity of the problem. Discuss your specific case and needs with your dentist during your next appointment for further information.
Are you in the earlier stages of gum recession where the soft tissue has loosened from the base of your teeth but has yet to significantly erode? You might be a candidate for pinhole gum recession treatment.
The pinhole technique is a minimally invasive method where the dentist essentially makes pinhole-sized cuts in the loose gum tissue. The small cuts are enough to make the tissue even looser, which is necessary so that your dentist can pull the tissue back up around the base of the teeth.
After the gum tissue is pulled tight around the teeth, your dentist will allow the soft tissue to heal back into that position without the use of sutures.
Sometimes gum tissue erodes due to periodontal disease that has inflamed the soft tissue and caused it to pull away. The inflamed tissue forms loose pockets around the base of the teeth and those pockets are breeding grounds for spreading infections.
Your dentist can clear up the infection and improve the look of your gums by performing a deep cleaning followed by a gingivectomy. The cleaning will involve traditional and ultrasonic tools used to remove bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and gums and inside the gum pockets.
After the cleaning, your dentist will make cuts in the pockets so that the soft tissue can be pulled up tight to the bottom of the teeth. The gums are stitched into place and any excess tissue is trimmed away to help promote healing.
Significant gum erosion often requires gum grafting, which uses soft tissue from elsewhere in your mouth to patch in the eroded areas. Grafting is more invasive due to the dentist's need to first surgically remove the donor tissue and then suture that tissue in place. You will then be monitored during a healing period to ensure the grafted sections are fusing together properly.