It happens slowly, so you may not notice it at first. Gum recession, when your gums begin to recede toward the jawbone, is a condition that sneaks up on you, and can have significant aesthetic and functional implications. Your teeth can appear unnaturally long and have an unsightly yellowish color near the gumline. What’s worse, receding gums can lead to tooth loss.
Your gums are a supporting structure for your teeth, helping keep them in place. Without their protection, your teeth can begin to loosen, shift, and fall out. The board-certified periodontists here at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology specialize in treating the supporting structures of teeth and are uniquely qualified to reverse your gum recession!
Gum grafting has been proven effective in rebuilding receding gums. Here’s how it works: Our doctors take a small portion of tissue from the roof of your mouth or from a donor source and place it over your receding gums. As the area heals, the graft naturally joins with the existing tissues, creating a seamless appearance and giving you a more balanced tooth-to-gum ratio. Then you can smile again without feeling awkward about how your teeth will look plus enjoy eating and drinking without the extreme sensitivity that exposed roots can cause your teeth.
The best news about gum recession is that you can prevent it. As with cavities and other common dental conditions, the best way to avoid problems is through good dental hygiene practices. Brush and floss your teeth daily and also go for regular dental checkups and cleanings. These can help you avoid periodontal disease, which can lead to gum recession. Be sure to avoid aggressive brushing and flossing, however, as these are a leading cause of receding gums. There are also some contributing factors that are beyond your control, such as heredity and hormonal changes. If you do begin to experience any of the symptoms of gum recession, please contact us immediately to begin treatment.
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