A number of factors may cause the gums to expose more of your tooth and expose excessive tissue. To improve the aesthetics and improve comfort, receding gums can be treated with a Gum Lift procedure at our Newport, TN, practice.
Gum recession breakthrough treatment also known as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ and Lunchtime Gum Lift™
Factors That Affect Gum Recession
Causes of gum recession may include:
- Gum Disease
- Tooth Brushing Routines
- Poor Dental Hygiene Practices
- Hormonal Changes
- Using Tobacco Products
- Clenching the Teeth
- Grinding the Teeth
- Misaligned Bite
Preventing Gum Recession
Some of the things you can do to prevent gum recession in Newport and East Tennessee include:
- Seeing Dr. David Sutton regularly for cleanings and checkups
- Refraining from using tobacco products
- Eating a healthy diet
- Using the right brushing techniques
- Investing in the right soft bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
- Having a misaligned bite corrected
Receding Gums in Newport and East Tennessee
If the gums start to wear down and pull back to expose the roots of the teeth, you may notice that your teeth become more sensitive. For many people, receding gums can affect the quality of the smile. Receding gums are one of the signs of periodontal disease and even functional problems in the mouth that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Since gum tissue does not grow back once it has receded, you need to seek treatment as early as possible.
Causes of Gum Recession
Key causes of receding gums include:
- Periodontal Disease – This is a damaging bacterial infection in the mouth that can cause loss of tissue attachment.
- Genetics - Some people are more likely to develop gum disease due to family history.
- Tooth Brushing Habits - Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can contribute to recession and damage exposed root surfaces.
- Dental Hygiene - Neglecting to brush and floss regularly can set the stage for periodontal disease.
- Hormonal Shifts - Any hormonal changes can make the gums more tender and increase the risk of gum recession.
- Pressure on Teeth - Grinding or clenching your teeth can make the teeth shift and lead to gum recession.
- Bite Misalignment - If the teeth are not coming together evenly, you may end up putting more pressure on certain areas of the mouth which can cause the gums to recede.
- Body Jewelry - Any tongue or lip piercings can irritate the gums and break down the tissue over time.
Dr. Sutton may recommend pocket depth reduction, tissue regeneration, or a soft tissue graft to restore your gum line.
You can prevent receding gums by taking care of your oral health, eating a well-balanced diet, and using the proper tooth brushing technique. For more information about receding gums in Newport and East Tennessee or treatment options for periodontal disease, set up your consultation with Dr. Sutton today!