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Can Receding Gums Be Reversed?

Jun 30, 2024   |   333 Views

Have you noticed your gums pulling away from your teeth or your teeth appearing longer? These are signs of gum recession. This issue not only impacts your dental aesthetics but also compromises your oral health. Once your gums pull away, they cannot grow back to their original form. Even though receding gums cannot be reserved, there are different ways to manage this condition and prevent further complications. Let’s understand more about the causes and treatments of gum recession.

Why Do Gums Recede?

Your gums form a protective framework for your teeth and elevate the beauty of your smile. Over time, you may notice your gums pulling away from your teeth, exposing a certain portion of the tooth roots. One of the most common causes of receding gums is poor oral hygiene. Lack of proper oral care can cause multiple dental issues, including gum recession.

A prevalent and more serious cause of this issue is periodontal disease. It weakens the gum tissues and diminishes their attachment to the tooth roots. As a result, your gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Other possible causes of gum recession include aggressive brushing, ill-fitting dental restorations, grinding of teeth (bruxism), or sleep apnea.

Can Receding Gums Be Reversed?

Can Receding Gums Grow Back?

If your gums are slightly inflamed or infected, their health can be restored with periodontal treatments. However, receding gums cannot be reversed. Once your gums have pulled away from the tooth roots and lost their attachment, they cannot grow back.

However, there are treatment options to restore your aesthetics and improve your oral health. By knowing early signs of receding gums, you can also prevent it from worsening over time. Discuss your concerns with a qualified periodontist to get the best solutions.

Treatment Options for Receding Gums

Depending on the severity of gum recession, your dentist or periodontist may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Deep Cleaning: This procedure is different from routine dental cleanings. It involves scaling and root planning that removes excess plaque deposits and promotes the reattachment of gums to the tooth roots.
  • Gum Grafting: You may require gum grafting surgery if you have advanced gum recession or deep gum pockets. In this procedure, a natural graft is taken from your tissues and placed over the receding areas. It restores your gum line and offers protection to the exposed tooth roots.
  • Pinhole Surgical Technique: Unlike traditional gum surgery, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is an innovative treatment that corrects gum recession without the need for incisions or sutures. It minimizes pain during the procedure, shortens recovery time, and prevents post-op complications.

To Conclude

Although receding gums cannot be reversed, there are effective ways to prevent them from worsening and maintain gum health. You can consult me and my professional team at Sugar Land Periodontics and Implant Dentistry to learn more about gum recession treatment and prevention. We will assess your oral health and create a tailored plan for your needs. Dial (979) 553-7252 to schedule a consultation today.


Dr. Hiru Mathur

Dr. Hiru Mathur, a board certified Periodontist since 1999, brings expertise in Periodontal & Implant Surgery. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Houston, she remains devoted to refining clinical skills. A star ambassador for Asian American Family Services, Dr. Mathur is committed to community well-being. She proudly aligns with esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and more.

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