Why Are My Gums Receding and Can I Stop It? | Dentist Tyngsboro

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Does gum tissue grow back after they’ve receded? Are they really the result of brushing too hard? Or, do gums recede because of gum disease? These are just some of the questions that we will attempt to answer to try and shed some light on the heavily misunderstood oral condition known as gum recession.

Why Do Gums Recede?

The gum tissue is nothing more than a layer of skin that covers the bone tissue of the upper and lower jaws. And, so long as the underlying jaw bone stays intact, the gum tissue will stay straight and high on the teeth. Simply put, gums recede only because the bone responsible for supporting the gum tissue has withdrawn.

Can gums reform after they’ve receded? Yes, they do. How? Well, before we answer that question, it would be better to understand first what exactly causes the jaw bones to demineralize, and in turn, the gums to recede.

Here are the four top causes of jaw demineralization:

  1. Periodontal disease / advanced gum disease
  2. Bruxism / clenching and grinding of the teeth
  3. Trauma
  4. Genetics

Can You Stop The Gums From Receding?

It is indeed possible to stop or prevent gum recession. However, this can only happen if you first take the time to educate yourself about what can cause your gums to recede.

Here are the four likely causes:

  • Gum disease. For the intents and purpose of this post, let’s just assume that you have an active infection in your mouth. By the way, if you’re curious, most people actually do have an active infection, but that’s beside the point. In any case, gum disease should not be taken lightly. If left unchecked, it can progress to the point where it can compromise your jaw bones and your overall health. Not to mention, periodontitis, which is the advanced form of gum disease, can’t be cured.
  • Bruxism. Whether it’s caused by stress or sleep apnea, the habitual clenching and grinding of teeth can compromise the strength and structure of the jaws, which can make it prone to gum disease and in turn, gum recession.
  • Remember, while your teeth are built to be pretty solid, they’re not exactly meant to be smashed around. If left untreated, a chipped tooth – or in worse cases, a lost tooth or two – can put you at more of a risk for gum disease and subsequently, gum recession.
  • Sometimes, though, the thickness of the facial jaw bones may be determined by genetics. Although it may sound unfortunate, those born with thinner jaw bones are more prone to demineralization and are at a much higher risk for gum recession.

Gum recession often occur over a period of many years and usually comes with little to no pain or sensitivity until it’s too late. However, if you do start noticing your teeth appearing longer than before, or the spaces at the base becoming much wider, then be sure to contact your dentist asap. Although, it’d be better to not wait for any signs to show and make it a point to regularly visit Dr. Yankowskas every three to six months for check-ups and regular cleanings.

Call for an appointment today at 978-649-7773 or visit the website at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

What Is A Smile Makeover? | Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentist

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Simply put, a smile makeover is a process that involves improving the appearance of one’s smile through one or more procedures, including but not limited to teeth whitening, tooth implants and dental veneers.

The process requires careful planning, taking into consideration a patient’s facial appearance, skin tone, as well as the color, width, length and shape of their teeth, gum tissue and lips, all in an effort to develop the idea smile.

As any two person’s facial structure is never exactly the same, smile makeovers are personally customized and tailored according to a person’s needs and unique considerations. This means that you’ll be working closely with a cosmetic dentist and his/her team all throughout the smile makeover process, all in an effort to improve whatever aspect of your smile you don’t like.

What Procedures Are Involved?

A smile makeover is a combination of a number of procedures that are mostly cosmetic in nature.

This typically includes the following:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Composite bonding
  • Laser Gum Contouring
  • Replacing metal fillings with natural-looking, teeth colored restorations

Although mostly cosmetic in nature, smile makeovers can also have functional benefits. Case in point, using dental implants to replace lost teeth can not only make a smile much better looking. The mere fact that the missing teeth have been replaced helps prevent the effects of the teeth shifting, while also making the mouth less susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Not only that, but dental implants can also help restore the natural function of a patient’s bite.

Still, the main purpose of the process remains, and that is, to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile.

Are Smile Makeovers The Same As Full Mouth Rehabilitations?

Not at all. It’s true that both processes involve making extensive changes to one’s smile. However, smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitations aren’t necessarily the same. The main difference between the two is that a smile makeover is something you choose to have performed, and usually only for aesthetic purposes. Meanwhile, full mouth rehabilitations are necessary and often done to help fix dental problems such as gum disease and misaligned teeth and jaws, among many others, that would otherwise interfere with oral and overall health, as well as affect one’s quality of life.

While a full mouth rehabilitation is also a combination of procedures, the purpose is to create a healthy mouth, and not just make teeth beautiful. Still, despite its more “functional” nature, a full mouth rehabilitation can still have a number of cosmetic benefits. After all, much like with a smile makeover, the process involves working closely with a dentist to design a new smile. This means that your dentist won’t just be working towards making your teeth, mouth and gums healthier, but also to make your smile more attractive.

Get Your Smile Evaluated Today

It’s impossible to know whether you’re a candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation unless you have your teeth checked by a dentist. Even if you “think” that you only have unsightly smile that needs minor improvement, there may be other underlying problems that may need to be fixed as well.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yankowskas today to know if you’re a good candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation. Call today at 978-649-7773 or visit the website at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.