Do My Gums Grow Back?

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If you find that your teeth might be looking longer than usual, you could be dealing with gum recession. You may be wondering, “Will my gums grow back?” While they don’t naturally grow back on their own, there are treatment options that can help correct gum recession and also prevent it from getting worse.

Cause

A couple of factors can make your gums recede. One of them is genetics. Interestingly enough, if you know that your parents have gum recession, you could be at risk as well. Brushing your teeth with too much force, aggressively flossing, grinding your teeth, and even having misaligned teeth can all be causes. Not to mention, insufficient dental care can lead to hardened deposits known as calculus to accumulate, and this can eventually lead to gum recession. So be sure to keep up with your regular cleanings!

Treatment

When you’ve gone past minor recession, only a dentist can help bring your gums back. One recommended treatment is a gum graft, which is a surgical procedure that consists of taking tissue from another location in your mouth, like the roof of the mouth, and placing that on the existing gum areas.

Another option is the pinhole surgical technique, which involves manipulating the gum tissue you have left over the exposed roots. Studies have shown much success with this method.

Prevention

To stop your gums from continuing to recede, we recommend a couple of things. If you use a medium to hard bristle, then you might want to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. It helps to protect your enamel and gums. If you’re grinding your teeth, our team at Edgewater Dental Arts offers a number of options, including a personalized mouthguard! We also can help with a misaligned bite with Invisalign®. Giving up smoking and tobacco use can also decrease your risk of gum recession.

The trouble with receding gums is that many people often don’t realize when it’s happening. We can’t stress enough the importance of sticking to your regular check-ups, where we can keep track of issues like this. If you need to make an appointment, get in touch today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.