If you have started to notice a little more "tooth" in your smile, you may have receding gums. This oral health issue can be uncomfortable and alarming. Your first inclination may be to consult with your dentist about restoring the appearance you used to enjoy. It would seem logical that this could be done with porcelain veneers or dental bonding. However, addressing the aesthetic concerns of gum recession is secondary to the correction of the underlying problem.
Why veneers may not be our first choice
The planning and placement of porcelain veneers is a somewhat painstaking process that can benefit patients of our Huntington Beach office. After each veneer has been perfected to look exactly as we want, the covering is bonded to surface enamel. This outermost layer of tooth material is etched ever-so-slightly in order to support that tight bond. This cannot be done on a root or on dentin. For that reason, a veneer may not adhere optimally, and will not last as long.
The issue of oral health
Our priority in treating gum recession is to identify and treat the original cause. If we do not do this, any cosmetic care that is provided may be limited due to the progression of receding gums. Gum recession may be the result of a number of common issues, such as:
- Toothbrush abrasions from aggressive brushing technique
- Gum disease
- Bruxism, or grinding and clenching teeth
- Traumatic gum injury
- Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
The good news about gum recession is that this problem can be treated. A deep cleaning may be recommended if infection is present. Receding gums, depending on the severity of recession, may also be treated with gum grafting. This procedure encourages the growth of gum tissue around a tooth or teeth by harvesting tissue from another area, and placing it in the location of recession. Gum contouring may also be advantageous to restore an appearance that is aesthetically pleasing.
In addition to treating gum recession with direct treatment, we may also discuss how to maintain healthy gums with routine oral care at home and in our office. To schedule a visit with Huntington Beach dentist Dr. Robert Moretta, call (714) 848-4247.
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