Receding gums are a major dental concern for a number of reasons. The most obvious concern for patients is the appearance of the smile. As the gums recede, more of the tooth is exposed, and this can often cause an unattractive or uneven smile.
More than the cosmetic concerns, however, receding gums can lead to a host of other dental concerns. As the gum line recedes, the tooth’s root becomes exposed. This area of the tooth is not protected by hard enamel like the tooth’s crown and so it is more susceptible to tooth decay. Receding gums also leads to deterioration of the bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
What Causes Receding Gums?
A number of factors can contribute to receding gums, most commonly they are caused by or contributed to by:
- Smoking and/or tobacco use
- Gum disease
- Over-brushing (brushing too vigorously)
- Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy)
- Certain types of medication
- Poor oral hygiene
How to Fix Receding Gums
Receding gums must be treated by a professional. Dr. Parnaik has the education and experience to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment for your situation. If you have just started to notice receding gums and your condition is not advanced, we may offer you a nonsurgical treatment method with some special instructions for at home care.
For patients who have more advanced gum recession, Dr. Parnaik may offer a number of treatments including the new microinvasive Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique known as the Lunchtime Gumlift™. Dr. Parnaik is one of few dentists worldwide to be trained and certified by Dr. John Chao, the inventor of the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This treatment is an alternative to traditional gum grafting and does not require any cutting or stitches.