Gum recession means that your gum tissue has weakened and receded from your teeth. This can make your teeth look longer, and it also may contribute to sensitivity and a higher risk of tooth infections.
But if you've lost gum tissue from your mouth, is it possible to restore it with the proper care? Will it grow back on its own? Find out now in this blog from The Burkitt Center For Comprehensive Dentistry.
The short answer is “no.” If your gum tissue is damaged and it begins to recede, it can’t grow back on its own. You will need to work with a dentist like Dr. Will Jones to explore your options for treatment, and to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible.
There are lots of things that can contribute to receding gums, including gum disease, brushing too hard or with a brush that’s too stiff, smoking, teeth grinding, and more. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist, identify the causes of your gum loss, and take steps to prevent it from getting worse.
While your receding gums won’t grow back on their own, there are a few things you may be able to do to keep your mouth healthy and prevent further gum recession:
If you have experienced significant gum loss, gum grafting may be an option. In this procedure, a dentist takes tissue, usually from the roof of your mouth, and then attaches it to your gums to rebuild them. This improves the appearance of your smile, reduces sensitivity, and minimizes your risk of further complications.
At The Burkitt Center For Comprehensive Dentistry, our dentists are always here to help in Brentwood and Nolensville. If you have receding gums, it’s important to get a diagnosis right away, and start taking steps to control your condition and protect your oral health. Contact us online or give us a call at (615) 941-3368 to speak with one of our team members today, and get the help you need.