Receding gums not only look unattractive, but they also cause problems like dental sensitivity and even make you more prone to bone and tooth loss. With gum recession treatment in Cary, our dentists will help you address the underlying causes of your condition and get your gums back into great shape.Fix Receeding Gums For A Great Smile Read Transcript
Your very best gum health is really important, because receding gums is a sign of a deeper problem. When you've got receding gums, what happens is the bone underneath has receded so the tooth loses its support. So when you see that the gum has shifted down two to three millimeters on the tooth and you're seeing your root, then that means that you've got a lot less bone to support that tooth.
So what we recommend is number one, why did it happen? How can we prevent future loss and how can we treat it and repair it and regenerate some tissue? And we have different specialists that we work with in combination, we work closely with them to help restore the gum tissue for you in those areas. And then we protect and help to slow down any future damage that could occur to the new gum tissue or replacements that we've made.
Gum tissue recontouring is something that we can do very quickly and very easily with a water laser. So we use a laser instead of using a scalpel to gently recontour very thick or unsightly gum tissue in the smile zone, that enhances a patient's smile. And sometimes when teenagers are done with their braces and their orthodontist and their parents say, 'My son or daughter's smile is really gummy. What can we do about it?' Well, we wait a couple of weeks for everything to heal a little bit. And then we can always gently recontour the gum tissue using the water laser, and patients have very minimal discomfort. And then the smile looks really good. And many times that's all that's necessary to give them a beautiful new smile.
Our treatment for gum recession will:
- Lower your risk of tooth decay
- Give you a more confident smile, with no worries about exposed tooth roots
- Lessen discomfort caused by receding gums
- Allow you to enjoy food and drink of any temperature without dental sensitivity
- Help avoid tooth loss
If your teeth seem longer than before or you can see exposed tooth roots, call us ASAP at 919-460-0963.
Address Underlying Causes of Receding Gums
Gum disease is one of the most common causes of gum recession. Our dentists treat gum disease with a procedure called scaling and root planing that removes bacteria from tough-to-clean areas of your mouth and makes it harder for more bacteria to accumulate. To prevent gum disease in the first place, it’s important to brush and floss every day and see us every six months for professional dental cleanings.
In addition, our team can help you with other common issues that can cause recession such as:
- Misaligned Teeth – Teeth that aren’t properly aligned can cause many issues, including gum damage. We can correct bite problems with Invisalign.
- Vigorous Brushing – Brushing too hard is tough on your gums and your tooth enamel too. Our team will work with you to improve your brushing technique and suggest products that are easier on your mouth.
- Poorly Fitting Restorations – Dentures can cause recession by rubbing against gums. We can correct the fit of dentures.
- Teeth Grinding – Bruxism (teeth grinding) creates force that damages your gums and teeth. We can fit you for a custom-made mouthguard that will stop this destructive habit.
Our dentists can also cover exposed tooth roots with a tooth bonding treatment. For more serious cases of gum recession, we can refer you to a periodontist for a gum graft or other advanced treatment.
For gum recession treatment in Cary, call Preston Dental Center at 919-460-0963.