After doing a lot of research online I think a cosmetic dentist might be the only one to help me. You know how a walrus looks with teeth that look way too long? That’s how I look now. My teeth really used to be beautiful but now all my gums have receded. No exaggeration – every tooth looks way too long now. Is this something a cosmetic dentist can correct? How many options do I have? Thanks Ashley
Ashley – A cosmetic dentist can help with the appearance of your teeth, but first, he or she will identify the cause of your gum recession.
A Cosmetic Dentist Will Look for Causes of Gum Recession
- Periodontal (gum) disease – This is the most common cause of receding gums. Gingivitis and periodontist can cause gum tissue to recede and break down. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily are essential to preventing gum disease. If you have periodontal disease, it will be treated before any cosmetic treatment is done on your teeth.
- Vigorous tooth brushing – If you brush your teeth too aggressively, it can weaken your gums and cause them to recede.
- Plaque accumulation – Plaque can cause gums to become inflamed and recede.
- Genetic predisposition – Some people naturally have thin gums, which recede with time.
As gums continue to recede, tooth roots will be exposed, and you may experience sensitivity in your teeth. A cosmetic dentist can perform gum grating tissue to fill in your gumline and protect your tooth roots. Grafted gum tissue will be contoured to give you a natural-looking gumline.
Contact at least two accredited cosmetic dentists for an examination and to find out your treatment options.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.