The gums that surround and hold the teeth in place in your mouth can be affected by a number of conditions that can result in them receding…or moving away from the teeth.
The few main causes of gum recession are 1) brushing too hard 2) bruxism or clenching/grinding of your teeth 3) genetics 4) a history of braces 5) smoking 6) full-blown gum disease or periodontitis.
So the big question is “Will they ever grow back”?
Unfortunately no. Once the damage is done, then that’s the best you can do…for the rest of your life!
What you can do is actually fix them.
There are many ways to do this, unfortunately, all of them involve some level of gum surgery…but the intensity of those procedures does vary.
Call Dr. Lucio Kim
At Dr. Kim’s office, we can do a MINOR gum procedure called the Pinhole technique or Tunneling technique to regain (in most cases) 80-100% of the gum back.
There is no scalpel, no need to obtain a painful graft from the roof of your mouth and pain/discomfort is usually kept to a minimum. Most patients report 1-2 out of 10 the next day.
But the best thing is to prevent the gum recession in the first place.
Don’t brush so hard! Harder is not always cleaner. Usually, it just means Clean, but with collateral damage.
If you grind or clench your teeth, get a nightguard to control the excess pressure on your teeth.
Get regular checkups…to keep your gums in good condition and if recession is starting, then you can catch it early and fix it easily without it being such a big deal.
YOU CAN LOSE TEETH BECAUSE OF GUM RECESSION!
It takes a while, but it eventually does happen. And the sooner you catch it, then you ultimately keep your teeth longer.
Any questions about gum recession or how to fix it, just visit us here at the office and we will be more than happy to help!