Perhaps you have heard the old adage where someone was described as being “long in the tooth.” This saying is used to identify someone who is old, because gum recession making teeth appear longer has been associated with old age.
Today there is a new revolutionary technique to cover exposed tooth roots, eliminate cold sensitivity that accompanies it and provide a more youthful appearance in aging adults. This treatment requires no surgical incisions or stitches, which have been commonly used in the past with previous surgical gum corrections.
This new procedure called a “gum lift” can provide a more youthful smile and create a wonderful and dramatic transformation. It can improve gum tissue health and gum tissue appearance in one appointment.
This rejuvenation technique is accomplished through a small circular opening in the gum above the teeth being treated. It allows the gum tissue to be shifted and cover exposed sensitive tooth roots. Many people have been told that gum recession is the result of using a hard tooth brush, which had worn away the teeth or caused the gums to recede; others have been told receding gums are just a normal part of getting older. What has been confusing is that only some people exhibit this gum recession, and some older people had none at all.
Research has demonstrated that gum recession resulting in sensitive exposed tooth roots is in fact not from tooth brush abrasion at all and aging does not mean automatic gum recession.
Gum recession and the associated tooth notching at the neck of teeth has more than one possible cause. One cause is when the bite forces between the upper and lower teeth are not directed correctly, up and down through the long axis of the teeth. This faulty bite pattern can result in gum recession, tooth notching, excessive tooth wear or even bony lumps and bumps under the gums around the involved teeth. A faulty bite pattern can cause these types of problems, and inherited genetic factors play a role too.
Thin fragile gum tissue surrounding teeth can easily lead to gum recession and even tooth loss. Dentists want to see thick fibrous gum tissue around the necks of all the teeth, but some people are born without this kind of gum tissue. People who have thin fragile gum tissue will benefit the most from this new “gum lift” procedure. People with exposed tooth roots, receding gums and developing a “long in the tooth” appearance now have another option to correct this cosmetic and functional problem. What's truly amazing and encouraging is that this new treatment can be done through a small circular opening and without any incisions or stitches.