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How to Fix Receding Gums: Stop Before It Starts

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Have you been noticing that your teeth are sensitive and starting to look longer or even farther apart than you remember?

 

If so, your gums might be receding. There are many reasons this might happen. We have a few recommendations from preventing the condition in the first place to ways to fix receding gums once it has occurred. 

Stop Gum Recession Before It Starts

The first thing to know is that even if your gums have started to recede, there are some things you can do to slow or stop the process. As with so many things, the first and foremost preventative measure is good oral hygiene including regular brushing and flossing.

There’s a caveat in this case though. You actually can over brush! Many people feel that vigorous brushing is more thorough, but in fact, we recommend gentle brushing, applying even pressure with a soft-bristle toothbrush for two full minutes. If you’re starting to see gaps between your teeth and gums or other signs mentioned above, easing up might be a good starting point to fix receding gums.

It’s also a good idea to check with your dentist about underlying issues that could be contributing to your receding gums, including plaque build-up, gingivitis (inflammation), and periodontitis. If you’re sticking with your regular semi-annual cleaning schedule, your dentist will be able to catch these problems early and advise you on care and treatment.

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Ways to Fix Receding Gums Once Advanced

If you feel like you’re past the point of stopping gum recession in its tracks, there are procedures you can research with the help of your dentist. 

Composites, Resins and Veneers

Dentists have some solutions that can help with the appearance and health of your gums. These include composite resin or porcelain fillers to close gaps and/or cover exposed roots. Removable acrylic or silicone veneers can also be an option to close the gaps and improve the appearance of gums that have receded.

Orthodontics

There are orthodontic treatments that can help correct some issues related to receding gums like low gum to teeth margin. That works by repositioning the teeth slowly to improve the margin and make cleaning more effective.

Oral Surgery

In the most severe cases, surgery may be a consideration. This would involve tissue grafting. We would much rather see our patients resolve the issue non surgically.

Evaluating Your Gums and Fixing Receding Gums

No matter what stage you feel you are in with receding gums, the best place to start is with a visit to our office. We’ll help you determine what’s behind the issue, whether there’s time to stop it from getting worse, and what to do to avoid or fix receding gums.

 

To schedule an appointment, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.

 

Testimonials

 

Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.