Receding gums can be a difficult problem to have. Not only do they often increase the level of tooth sensitivity but you may also feel very self conscious about the way that they look. Although receding gums are fairly common, if you’re not happy with your gums then cosmetic dentistry provides another option.
What are receding gums?
When gums recede, the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth itself and can end up exposing a lot more of the tooth than normal, including the tooth root. The aesthetic result is that teeth often look longer than before. In dental health terms, because the tooth root is made of dentine, which is softer than enamel, the exposure of the root can lead to serious problems, such as decay and painful sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
What causes receding gums?
Inadequate oral hygiene is probably the biggest cause of receding gums. If you have gum disease then you’re much more likely to experience this as a problem. You may also have naturally thin gums or you may be over brushing your teeth and causing the gums to recede as a result. Badly fitting dentures or crowns can also contribute to the problem.
How can cosmetic dentistry help?
Gum contouring is a simple procedure that can help to deal with the issue of receding gums. This often involves using tissue from the roof of the mouth, taking a small graft and using it to cover the exposed part of the tooth. The existing gum is then pulled down over the graft. There are many different techniques available now for gum contouring but most are relatively painless and involve just one or two procedures. Your dentist will be able to talk you through the options.
What are the benefits of gum contouring?
- You will be less self conscious as teeth look “normal” and less exposed
- Gum contouring can help to reduce the risk of decay by covering up the exposed dental root
- This treatment may also help to reduce sensitivity by providing the exposed tooth root with some protection
- In general, you will have more attractive and youthful smile because your gums properly shape your teeth
If you’d like to find out more about gum contouring to fix the problem of receding gums please get in touch.