What Options Do I Have to Fix Receding Gums?


If your gums recede from the bottom of your teeth, you should be concerned. Not only do receding gums make your teeth look abnormally “tall,” your tooth roots are exposed, which can leave them vulnerable to bacterial infection and decay. Receding gums can be a sign of serious gum disease, but it can also be caused by bruxism (teeth grinding), poor oral health habits, or injury to the gum tissue.

If you have receding gums, there are a number of options to treat the situation. Depending on how advanced the recession is, the treatment your dentist advises can range from improving self-care practices to laser treatments.

Options For Fixing Receding Gums

  • Mild cases of receding gums can be treated with self-care and non-surgical interventions. Your dentist can show you how to avoid overly aggressive tooth brushing and flossing, and they can assist you in getting a fitted night guard to avoid gum problems associated with teeth grinding.
  • More serious cases of gum recession may require a gum graft. Grafting surgery takes a small piece of gum tissue – commonly taken from the roof of your mouth, your palate, or gum tissue adjacent to the area of recession – and stitches it over the exposed tooth root. Grafting repairs the damage done by receding gums and helps prevent further progression of gum disease.
  • Laser technology can fix damage to both gums and teeth. Your dentist can treat periodontal disease that has caused gum recession and even tooth damage with low-energy laser tools. The lasers are able to focus tightly and clean severely hardened dental plaque off your teeth and from their roots. The laser also stimulates stem cells in the tissue to produce new connective tissues, bone, and collagen. The body’s own healing process regenerates lost ligaments and bone around the tooth.

“Gum recession is a signal to take action to protect your oral health,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “The sooner you make an appointment to have your dentist examine your receding gums, the more quickly they can design the most appropriate treatment for you.”

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