Dentists are often asked – can receding gums be repaired? Find out how to fix – as well as tips on how to prevent and stop – gum recession from getting worse.
The answer is YES.
Receding gums are actually a common dental problem. It affects most people to some degree – so don’t be disheartened – you are not alone!
Your gum recession has most probably been happening slowly over time. You just have not noticed it until now.
You might well be asking what gum recession is.
How does it affect your teeth both visually and medically?
When you look at your teeth in the mirror, you will notice a tooth or several teeth look longer than others. This is caused by receding gums.
The gum has moved up the tooth to a higher position than it should be. This exposes more of the tooth making it sensitive to hot and cold. Unfortunately, also more susceptible to infection and tooth decay.
This recession will make your gum line look very uneven.
As a result, it will leave your teeth looking all different lengths when you smile.
There are many reasons why this affliction can occur. Many we can control if we are aware of them and take the necessary precautions.
1. Gum infections
Most infections are caused by bacteria that attack the tissue and the bone that support the teeth in your mouth. The start of these infections are not usually painful so you may not realize you have a problem.
You can eliminate the cause of the bacteria by removing the debris still left after brushing.
This is done by flossing. You can either stick with the traditional flossing technique or use a water flosser.
The ensuing symptoms, however, will be:
2. Brushing Too Hard
An extremely common reason. By brushing your teeth too hard you are gradually moving the gum tissue from its position on the tooth. This reveals more tooth slowly over time.
You can do nothing about your genetic makeup. Some people are more prone to gum infections through no fault of their own. Research shows that 30% of the population may be more susceptible to periodontal diseases than other people. Even when practicing good dental care.
4. Poor dental hygiene
A common reason for receding gum lines is tartar. Tartar is created when plaque builds up on your teeth and hardens into a hard substance.
This then builds up on the tooth and between the teeth.
The hard substance pushes back on the gums as it builds up over time.
This affects mainly women as estrogen levels change through their life. Puberty, then pregnancy and menopause contribute to changing actions in the mouth.
Tobacco products contribute to the emergence of a sticky plaque. This builds up and causes recession.
7. Clenching and Grinding of Teeth
By exerting excessive force on your teeth you can cause recession.
8. Uneven Teeth
The effect of having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite means that your teeth don’t come down together evenly. This can create a heavy force on the gums and bones, creating recession of the gums too.
If you are only experiencing a mild case, treatment is not required.
You will just have to be aware of the cause – probably the method you are using to brush your teeth.
It is advised to brush in a circular motion – not up and down.
Add to that a gentle, constant pressure with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Changing this simple routine should stop any further damage to the gums.
Many people think that by brushing the teeth aggressively, you are more likely to remove discoloration and yellowing of the teeth. This is not the case.
You are doing more harm than good with this philosophy!
However, there are other recommended routines that will halt or slow down the process.
Can receding gums be reversed?
Unfortunately, you cannot reverse this tissue recession. The tissue will not grow back and repair itself.
So, again the question: can receding gums be repaired?
But you will need to have some form of treatment to repair the problem.
There are claims that some natural remedies can treat a receding gumline. Some remedies will also help the associated pain.
There is absolutely no harm in trying these remedies – as long as they do not irritate your mouth or cause a reaction.
There are many options for you to choose from on how to repair the gum without surgery.
There are several options open to you with regards to surgical treatment in order to restore receded gum tissue.
1. Flap Surgery
This involves a small incision in your gum tissue to lift it and remove plaque. After it is clean the tissue is secured back in place.
2. Gum Graft
Grafting involves taking tissue from one part of the mouth and moving it to the required area. The most common tissue used in this procedure is from the roof of the mouth.
A composite resin the same color as the tooth is used to cover the surface of the root and close the gaps between teeth.
4. Pinhole Surgery
This manipulates the existing gum tissue down over the exposed root.
5. Pink Porcelain
The porcelain is the same pink color of the gums and is used to replace the gaps where the recession has occurred.
We hope this article has been useful.
As you can see this common problem can be halted and can also be repaired.
It all depends on how bad the issue is and how far you are prepared to go to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Your “can a receding gum line be reversed” question is well and truly answered I think!
Unfortunately not - once the gums have moved up and exposed the tooth, it cannot grow back on its own accord. You will need to visit your dentist who will treat and repair the problem.
Gum recession can be rectified by a dentist with surgical treatment. There are a variety of options available:
There is a new technique called Pinhole Surgery which manipulates the existing gum tissue down over the exposed root. This is not an invasive surgery like other more traditional techniques used to repair gum recession.
Generally you will notice receding gums appearing when in your 40's and upwards. This is caused by age and the result of decades of brushing (often incorrectly and aggressively)
Prevention of gum recession is entirely in your hands. There are several routines that put together all add up to healthy gums:
Brush in circular motions - not up and down.
Brush gently twice a day
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
Stop grinding or clenching
Get teeth growth defects seen to if possible
You can attempt to stop receding gums and heal sore and inflamed gums that are a result of gum recession by trying the following remedies:
Coconut Oil and Himalayan Salt