Do Your Teeth Look Too Long?

Caucasian Woman Holding Paper With SmileIndividuals with severe gum recession, a form of gum disease, may think that their teeth somehow look too long. Sometimes, in cases with individuals with gingival (gum) recession, greater than “normal” amounts of teeth are exposed, sometimes even the tooth roots. We’re happy to report that even though gum tissue does not naturally grow back, we can treat gum recession and often reverse the damage.

The doctors at South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry treat gum (gingival) recession and address what we call root coverage with a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments and procedures including.

  • Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
  • Gum/connective tissue grafting
  • Guided tissue “Recession Regeneration”
  • Specialty collagen products

Gum recession can be caused by gum (periodontal) disease. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that 88% of individuals over the age of 65 have gum recession on one or more teeth. Exposed tooth roots not only make the teeth look longer but can lead to problems like uncomfortable sensitivity and decay, leading to cavities, root abrasion and eventually, possibly tooth loss. You may be surprised to learn that gum recession can also result from:

  • Aggressive brushing over the years
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Smoking or tobacco usage
  • Maloclussion/misaligned bite
  • Teeth grinding

Some studies also suggest that oral piercings contribute to receding gums. If the piercing is placed too close to gum tissue, it can result in constant rubbing which leads to recession.

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If you’d like more information on the various solutions we offer to treat receding gums, and/or you’ve noticed signs of gum recession such as tooth sensitivity, bad breath or visibly “shrinking” gums, contact South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.

Discover how we can prevent further damage and help you correct that “long in the tooth” appearance that not only may look unattractive but can also wreak havoc on your health.