Can Gum Regeneration Help with Receding Gums?

Illustration of gum recession exposing roots of a tooth

Receding gums can be a bigger problem than they appear to be at first. Not only can they make your teeth seem much longer than they should, but they might also lead to sensitivity whenever you eat something hot or cold. So, what can you do about this common dental issue? In many cases, gum regeneration might hold the answer; read on to find out why.

What are Receding Gums?

Simply put, it’s when the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth itself. The result is that more of the tooth’s underlying structure is visible, which can include the root. Exposed tooth roots are more vulnerable to damage in addition to having a negative impact on your appearance.

In some cases, receding gums are the result of gum disease. When you have gum disease bone tissue around your teeth is lost over time, thus exposing more of your teeth. Another possible cause is brushing too vigorously, which may gradually wear down your gums; this can be especially problematic if your gums were naturally thin to begin with.

How Can Gum Regeneration Help?

A gum regeneration procedure involves growing back gum tissue via a gum graft.

A small amount of tissue will be taken from the roof of your mouth. It will then be applied to the areas where the recession has occurred, covering up the exposed parts of the tooth and making the gum line look more even.

What are the Benefits of Gum Regeneration for Gum Recession?

Correcting gum recession with regeneration lets you enjoy several benefits, such as:

  • Improved Appearance: Your teeth will all look like they’re the same size again, and your gum line will appear even.
  • Reduced Risk of Decay: Covering the tooth roots protects them from the bacteria that can cause decay.
  • Reduced Sensitivity: Once the tooth roots are protected by your gums again, they won’t be as vulnerable to hot or cold temperatures.

Are you seeing signs that your gums have receded recently? The sooner you act, the sooner you can protect your teeth and regain a confident smile. Reach out to your periodontist today to ask how they can use gum regeneration to address receded gums.

About the Author

Dr. Alexander Schrott received his periodontal training in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has been trained in performing a wide variety of periodontal treatments. He specializes on gum regeneration to correct receding gums as well as other periodontal issues. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (617) 484-9240.