Gum loss is something that millions of people deal with on a daily basis. They have to deal with it in terms of gum loss from gum disease, gum loss from dental surgery, and more. Gum loss is not something to be ignored as it can lead to other serious dental issues. Though gum loss is common, it does not mean necessarily that you are going to lose your teeth if your gums to start to recede. Here are some basics about gum loss.
WHAT CAUSES GUM LOSS?
There are a few different factors that can potentially lead to gum loss, one is gum disease. Gingivitis and other gum diseases can cause gums to recede from the teeth and can cause a change in the appearance of teeth as well as pain and discomfort. Serious gum loss can even lead to tooth loss if the gums recede enough that the tooth then becomes unseated and loose within the gums. You may also experience gum loss as a result of surgery and other medical procedures that you have to have done. Things gum loss due to surgery are less common but they are can also occur. If you have gum loss due to surgery you may need to talk with your dentist about ways to lose as little gum as possible as the result of your surgery.
DO GUMS GROW BACK?
When it comes to gums growing back there are a few different instances in which gums will grow back and some in which they will not. In the case of dental surgery where the gums are cut open or where a tooth is removed, the gums will eventually grow back together. This does not mean that new gum will grow, but rather that the gum will repair itself and close the hole that was made from the tooth being extracted or the gum being cut open. In the case of receding gums as the result of gum disease, unfortunately, these gums do not grow back. When you lose gum tissue as a result of gum disease the gum will not grow back but you can do something about it. It is always best to talk with a dental professional to find out just what can be done to help repair gums or to improve the look of gums that have receded or that have lost volume.
WHAT TO DO
There are a few different ways that receded gums can be repaired or that the appearance of them can be repaired. If you are experiencing gum loss you can speak with a professional like those at Biltmore Commons Dental Care to see just what options are available to you. In extreme cases, prosthetic gum or dental grafts may be an option. For the most part, however, a dentist is going to be able to help you learn how to preserve the tissue that you have left and prevent further tissue loss. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile and with a good dentist on your side, you can get the smile you have always wanted and make the most of the smile that you have.