One of the first signs of receding gums are teeth that look longer than usual. If someone comments that you look long in the tooth, instead of being insulted that they just called you “old,” look in the mirror. The comment may be literal. And your receding gums could be the reason why.
Causes of Gum Recession
While you may wake up one morning and realize that your smile looks different, gum recession isn’t something that just sneaks up on you. Over time, if you’re paying attention to your teeth, you will notice that more of the enamel is showing. Your teeth may also be more sensitive.
There are several possible culprits behind gum recession:
- Brushing your teeth too with too much force or pressure
- Grinding your teeth
- Tooth alignment
- Oral health habits
Tending diligently to your oral health and altering any bad habits that are negatively affecting your teeth can help slow gum recession. If you’re keeping up with preventive dental visits, your biomimetic dentist and hygienist will make note of any gum recession and its progression.
If your gums are past the point of no return, there are ways to repair what’s been done.
The Non-Invasive Repair for Receding Gums
Why is any repair necessary if you don’t mind the look of your teeth and smile? Any gum recession exposes more of your tooth root, and that can lead to a greater chance of decay. Cavities and tooth-colored fillings will be imminent.
Gums do not grow back on their own. However, the good news is that as an arm of biomimetic dentistry, the pinhole gum procedure can move your gums back where they belong. The Chao pinhole surgical technique corrects gum recession in a minimally invasive way. Small pinholes are made in the gum tissue which is then loosened and repositioned to cover the areas of recession. Collagen is passed through the pinholes to hold the newly positioned gum tissue in place through a short healing process.
Minimally Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry
If you must undergo gum recession treatment, the traditional method of gum grafting is not your only option. Visiting a biomimetic dentist means that as much of your natural teeth and gums are preserved so that you need not endure more invasive procedures than necessary.
You will also learn about the best oral health care products to use so that at-home oral health care techniques do not negatively impact the health and position of your gums. The right toothbrush, daily flossing, and keeping up with preventive care appointments every six months will go a long way toward preserving your oral health. Your biomimetic dentist will also discuss solutions that can help minimize gum recession, such as orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth.
Your teeth are important, but your gums are too. Take care of them with help from your local biomimetic dentist. Contact Moorestown Dental Professionals in Moorestown, NJ, to discuss talk about your gum recession concerns.