Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of dental treatments that are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth and mouth. These treatments can include everything from teeth whitening and veneers to braces and implants. While cosmetic dentistry can be used to address a variety of issues related to the appearance of the teeth and mouth, it is important to note that it is not intended to address medical or functional problems. Therefore, it is not typically used to treat receding gums.
Receding gums, also known as gum recession, is a condition in which the gum tissue surrounding the teeth starts to pull back or wear away, exposing more of the tooth root. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and aggressive tooth brushing or brushing. Receding gums can lead to a number of problems, including sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, pain when chewing, and an increased risk of tooth loss.
If you are experiencing receding gums, it is important to speak with a dentist or periodontist (a dental specialist who focuses on the health of the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth) to determine the cause and determine the appropriate treatment. In some cases, receding gums can be treated with a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This can help to reduce inflammation and promote gum healing.
For more severe cases of gum recession, a gum graft may be necessary. A gum graft is a surgical procedure in which a piece of gum tissue is taken from another part of the mouth and used to cover the exposed root of the tooth. This can help to protect the tooth root and reduce sensitivity, as well as improve the appearance of the gums.
While cosmetic dentistry can be used to address a variety of issues related to the appearance of the teeth and mouth, it is not typically used to treat receding gums. If you are experiencing receding gums, it is important to speak with a dentist to determine the cause and determine the appropriate treatment. In some cases, a deep cleaning or gum graft may be necessary to address the issue. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to prevent gum recession and other dental problems.