Have you noticed that some of your teeth seem to be getting longer? Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that your teeth are growing — it means that your gums are receding. Identifying the cause of receding gums can stop them from getting worse, but won’t cause your gums to grow back. In the past, treatment of receding gums required painful gum graft surgery, but today the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique allows for gum rejuvenation without a gum graft. This means less discomfort, a shorter healing time, and great results.
To learn more about the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation in Wilmington, NC, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today for an appointment.
Why Fix Receding Gums
Receding gums are common in the US because their main cause — gum disease — is almost universally suffered by American adults. This doesn’t mean that you should just accept receding gums. Instead, it’s important to get them treated because receding gums:
- Look unattractive
- Expose unattractive tooth roots
- Can make teeth look crooked
- Cause tooth sensitivity
- Can lead to damaging root decay
- Can increase risk of tooth loss
Your gums are an essential part of your smile. Your gums are supposed to be in balance with your teeth to create an attractive smile, and when they recede, they can make your smile look off. The tooth root, for example, isn’t supposed to be seen. It’s a dull color and can look unhealthy. And when you have an uneven gum line due to receding gums, it looks like your teeth aren’t lined up properly. Another alternative to correct the appearance of black triangles around the gum line is BioClear, which is especially good if you have other cosmetic complaints about your tooth or teeth.
But there are also practical reasons to fix receding gums. Gums are supposed to cover and protect your tooth roots and your jawbone. When your gums have receded, there’s not as much protection. That’s why your teeth feel sensitive to hot and cold — the tooth root is not as well insulated as the crown.
The root also isn’t as hard and resistant to tooth decay. Once your roots begin to decay, it can be harder to preserve a damaged tooth. Tooth loss can occur because of decay or because gum disease is allowed to advance and attack your jawbone.