A short guide to correcting a long-toothed smile: Gum recession treatment at ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre in Winnipeg, MB
If the smile looking back at you appears “long in the tooth,” receding gums may be to blame. Teeth do not actually grow longer; they just appear more exposed as gummy tissue retreats from the gum line. Gum recession occurs gradually. They can result from inflammation or wear and tear. Habit or behavior that produces excessive wear and tear on these delicate tissues can lead to their breakdown. For instance, over brushing can erode the gums. It may be advised to use a gentle touch. Just as there are many causes of this condition, the options for gum recession treatment at ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre are also vast. Our board-certified specialist, Dr. Hoda Hosseini, will recommend the most conservative approach to successfully restore gum health and prevent the damaging consequences of gum recession that lead to tooth loss.
The trouble with gum recession
Receding gums are more than a cosmetic concern; they also produce tooth sensitivity and put you at increased risk of developing tooth decay. As the gums pull away from the teeth, they may expose the roots. Root exposure makes your teeth more vulnerable to decay.
One of the most common sources of receding gums, gum disease or periodontal disease, can be halted with hygiene modifications, deep cleaning, or other periodontal therapies. In fact, in its earlier stages, its effects can be reversed.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Hosseini uses her advanced knowledge and skills to rebuild the gums by repositioning tissue. For example, if the root of a tooth is exposed, she may reposition neighboring gum tissue to cover up the unprotected root. This approach requires you to have sufficient and healthy tissue nearby to build up the deficient area. Alternatively, a piece of tissue may be removed from the palate or roof of your mouth and placed over the recessed area. Other types of tissue, including those from synthetic sources, may be used to cover up exposed areas and to promote healthy attachment between the gums and the teeth. It is important to follow the instructions provided by Dr. Hosseini to promote efficient and healthy healing.
To schedule an appointment at ClearCare Periodontal & Implant Centre in Winnipeg, MB call (204) 421-9236.