Closeup of receding gums around a loose tooth

Can Receding Gums Grow Back?

May 30, 2023 9:38 pm
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Are your teeth appearing longer than usual? Do your gums feel tender and look swollen? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? You are likely suffering from gum disease! Inflamed and diseased gums often result in gum recession.

Causes of Receding Gums

Gum recession is when your gums pull away from your teeth to expose the underlying tooth roots. This makes your teeth more susceptible to tooth sensitivity, loosening, cavities, and infection. There are many factors that are associated with gum recession, including:

  • Aging
  • Dental trauma
  • Gum disease
  • Misaligned teeth or bite
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Tobacco usage
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • A diet high in sugar and/or acids
  • Chronic dry mouth

Treatments for Gum Recession

While gums cannot grow back, there are some ways that dentists can help minimize the effects of gum recession and prevent it from worsening. For example, a patient with receding gums may benefit from:

  • Deep Cleanings – Thorough cleanings that involve scaling and root planing to remove accumulated plaque and tartar and reduce inflammation so gums can reattach to teeth.
  • Dental Bonding – Bonding can help reinforce the exposed tooth area to improve the smile’s appearance and reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • Gum Graft Surgery – Grafting replaces the missing gum tissue with tissue from the roof of your mouth to improve the gumline’s appearance.
  • Laser Gum Treatment – Laser dentistry uses a high-energy laser to remove diseased gum tissue and recontour the gumline with minimal pain and a fast recovery.

Consult with Our Team!

Are you struggling with gum recession? Our Bolt Family Dental team can help you determine the cause of your damaged gums and recommend lifestyle changes and professional dental treatment to improve your oral health and prevent additional issues. Please contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in Brownsburg, IN!