Receding gums are a major dental concern for a number of reasons. The most obvious concern for patients is the appearance of the smile. As the gums recede, more of the tooth is exposed, and this can often cause an unattractive or uneven smile.
More than the cosmetic concerns, however, receding gums can lead to a host of other dental concerns. As the gum line recedes, the tooth’s root becomes exposed. This area of the tooth is not protected by hard enamel like the tooth’s crown and so it is more susceptible to tooth decay. Receding gums also lead to deterioration of the bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
What Causes Receding Gums?
A number of factors can contribute to receding gums, most commonly they are caused by or contributed to by:
- Smoking and/or tobacco use
- Gum disease
- Over-brushing (brushing too vigorously)
- Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy)
- Certain types of medication
- Poor oral hygiene
- How to Fix Receding Gums
Receding gums must be treated by a professional. An experienced dentist, like Dr. Upadya, can evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment for your situation. If you have just started to notice receding gums and your condition is not advanced, we may offer you a nonsurgical treatment method with some special instructions for at-home care.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation – Lunchtime Gumlift™
For patients who have more advanced gum recession, Dr. Upadya may offer a number of treatments including the new micro-invasive Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique known as the Lunchtime Gumlift™.
Dr. Upadya is one of 150 dentists worldwide to be trained and certified by Dr. John Chao, the inventor of the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This treatment is an alternative to traditional gum grafting and does not require any cutting or stitches.
Dr. Upadya will use a small needle to make a hole in the gum tissues. The pinhole technique uses specially designed dental tools to gently loosen the gum tissue and move it over the receded part of the tooth. He will place collagen strips under the gums to secure the gum tissue as it heals. This can be accomplished with the use of scalpels and will not require stitches.
Since there is no cutting involved, there is minimal post-operative pain. The pin-sized hole made should heal fairly quickly. This procedure is safe, and effective and offers the most comfort for the patient.
Benefits of Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
- No incisions, no sutures
- Performed in our East Hanover NJ dentist office
- Local anesthesia
- Quick, safe treatment
- More teeth can be treated in a single visit compared to traditional gum surgery
- Much faster healing time, most patients can eat a normal dinner on the evening of their procedure
Receding Gums FAQs
How long does it take for receding gums to heal after treatment?
On average it takes about 2-4 weeks for gums to heal, but it can take longer depending on the severity. You will want to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to check up on your healing and overall gum health.
Can gums grow back?
Once gum recession has occurred, your gums cannot grow back. Gum tissues are not regenerative and will not grow back. Dentists can attempt to retouch receded gums or provide successful gum rejuvenation procedures to restore gums.
How can I strengthen my gums?
The best way to strengthen your gums is to floss daily. Having regularly scheduled dental cleanings is another way to keep your gums healthy, and to catch any issues early on while treatment options are minimally-invasive.
What happens if receding gums are left untreated?
If receding gums are left untreated they may lead to gum disease, and eventually total tooth loss. It also increases patients’ risk of a stroke or heart attack. Treatment is available for receding gums to prevent further complications. Call us today if you have any questions!
When should I worry about my receding gums?
Receding gums become a concern when they recede below tooth roots. Receding gums have been shown to increase patients’ risk for tooth decay, tooth infection, and tooth loss. If you are concerned your gums may be receding, call us today to schedule a consultation!
Can teeth fall out from receding gums?
Receding gums may cause patients teeth to fall out. This is typically due to teeth shifting, which may loosen specific teeth causing them to fall out.
Schedule a Consultation for Receding Gums Treatment
To avoid long term problems, it is best to deal with receding gums as soon as possible. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with East Hanover, NJ and Summit, NJ area dentist Dr. Raj Upadya and find out which treatments are best to fix your gum recession. Call 973-241-5169 or request an appointment online.