Do I Need Gum Rejuvenation?

It’s great to have a “toothy smile,” unless your gums have receded so much that you’re giving an unintended new meaning to the phrase “long in the tooth.” The doctors at Dental Center of Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia are among the few dentists qualified to perform a surgical gum rejuvenation technique to repair receding gums. If you’re concerned that your gums are retreating from your teeth faster than the ocean ebbs from the shoreline at low tide, it might be time to ask yourself: Do I need gum rejuvenation?

Gum recession 101: Why is it happening?

Before we delve into the benefits of gum rejuvenation, it’s important to understand how you got where you are — with gums that no longer want to be close to your teeth. There are many causes for gum recession, including:

Aggressive brushing

If you’re scrubbing your teeth like you scrub the grout on your bathroom floor, you’re going to see some recession. Gums are a delicate, soft tissue that needs to be massaged with a soft-bristle toothbrush, not scrubbed with a Brillo pad. Be gentle with your gums; save the aggression for your next kickboxing class.

Blame Your Parents

No, it’s not their fault that you brush so hard, but gum recession may be their fault if you inherited their weak or thin gums. As with a receding hairline, genetics is also a factor when it comes to healthy gums. If you have at least one parent with receding gums, chances are that your gums are headed down the same path.

Bad Oral Hygiene

Everyone knows that if you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis (two minutes, twice a day!), you’re at risk for plaque build-up, cavities, and conditions like gingivitis and then periodontitis — a painful condition in which your gums bleed, swell up, and eventually loosen your teeth enough that they can shift out of position. In a worst-case scenario, periodontitis leads to infection and bigger health problems, not to mention teeth that fall out of your mouth or need to be pulled.

Other factors that may contribute to a receding gum line are grinding your teeth (a condition known as bruxism), smoking, or trauma from a mouth injury. So, if you can see signs of any of these oral conditions, you might just answer “yes” to whether you need gum rejuvenation to save your smile both aesthetically and for the many health benefits.

Gum Rejuvenation 101: Here’s How to Fix It

In the early stages of gum recession, you may be able to stop the process or slow it down by switching to a softer toothbrush and developing better oral hygiene habits. If your gum recession is a bit beyond minimal and you have gingivitis or periodontitis, you may be able to correct the problem with a special treatment that includes scaling and root planing.

During this gum rejuvenation technique, your dentist removes the plaque and tartar from underneath your gum line so the gums can return to their natural position. Although gum disease isn’t totally reversible, you can slow it down, or stop it from getting worse.

If your gums seem to be beyond repair, don’t worry; there’s still hope. The expert dentists at Dental Center of Tysons Corner are highly skilled and experienced in the unique Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This noninvasive procedure reverses gum recession without a scalpel or sutures.

Instead, the dentists make a small hole in your gum tissue with specially designed instruments that allow them to loosen gum tissue and gently guide it over the root of your tooth, back where it started. Depending on the condition of your gums, this procedure should take only about 30 minutes, and you’re left with optimally positioned gums and minimal swelling or discomfort.

Since oral health is linked to overall health and wellness, it makes sense to take care of your teeth and gums. If that means gum rejuvenation, then so be it. You’ll get your smile back, and nobody will wonder why you’re “long in the tooth.” That’s definitely something to smile about!

Are you ready to rejuvenate your gums? Call our McLean dental office or schedule a consultation using the online system.

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