Gingivitis can lead to receding gumlines. According to a recent study by the Cleveland Clinic, the third most common dental insecurity is receding gums. Receding gums do not hold teeth in place, and unfortunately, this can lead to tooth loss. While preventing the gums from receding in the first place is the best option, once your gums start to recede, you may be wondering if anything can be done. Fortunately, there are a few treatments that can help to solve a poor gum line. Here are some of those treatments.
Gum Grafting Surgery
Another treatment option that is available to solve a poor gum line is gum grafting surgery. Gum grafting surgery is the best treatment option available when a significant amount of gum recession has occurred. This is considered a surgical procedure and would be done by a Periodontist in their office. A skin graft is usually taken from the roof of your mouth and is then transferred to your gumline, providing you with the gum coverage you need to firmly hold your teeth in place.
Gum Recontouring Services
The final treatment option available for a poor gum line is known as gum recontouring. Gum recontouring is typically done if a patient has too much of their gums showing, or has what is known as a gummy smile. This procedure may also be done to help make gums even after some of the gums have started to recede. Lastly, gum recontouring may be needed when trying to make the gums fit around crowns, implants, or other dental prosthetics.
If you have a gum line that is making you self-conscious, or if you have a gum line that is potentially causing tooth loss, your dentist may want to try different treatments to solve your gum line. The treatment that will be used varies based on your specific situation. However, some of the most common treatments include topical antibiotics, gum grafting surgery, or gum recontouring services with the help of an oral surgeon, or a Periodontist. If you are interested in learning more about the various options that may be available to you, schedule an appointment with our dental office today and we can help direct you to the right path.