Why Do Some Teeth Feel Larger Than Others?

Teeth come in all shapes and sizes. So you may notice that some of your teeth feel larger than others. This may be because your gums have begun to reside and expose more of your teeth and roots. Gum recession can increase your risk of decay and lead to other uncomfortable symptoms such as bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, a swollen gum line, and loose teeth.

Risk Factors for Gum Recession

While anyone may develop gum recession, there are some people that are more susceptible to it than others. If you brush your teeth too hard, grind or clench your teeth, have a misaligned bite, or disregard healthy oral habits, you’re at risk for this condition.

In the event your gums have begun to reside or loosen in some places, be extra careful when brushing sensitive spots. You should also brush in tiny circles in an upward motion to relieve any irritation that may be the result of aggressive brushing. Our Richmond, Virginia orthodontist friend Dr. Kevin Bibona has explained that more and more people are asking about gum recession when it comes to Invisalign and braces. Fortunately, there are treatments. 

Treatments for Gum Recession

If you have gum recession, you must get it treated right away. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of loose teeth, alleviate pain and discomfort, restore a healthy looking smile, and reduce the risk of gum disease and oral health issues. There are a number of innovative treatments you can choose from including:

Laser Gum Therapy

Laser gum therapy is for patients who have moderate to severe cases of gum diseases. This is because it can get to the root of the problem without harming the existing gum tissue. It uses laser technology to stop recession in its tracks.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

Pinhole surgical technique uses special tools to fix gum recession at the exact area it’s arising. It involves making a small hole in your gums and adding collagen material to stabilize the area. Best of all, it doesn’t use any sutures, scalpels, or tissue samples. As our Lakewood, Colorado dental friend Dr. Brian Levitin always says, there are solutions to all problems. 

Schedule an Appointment at McNeely Family Dentistry

If you have further questions about gum recession or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 704-496-9001. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the prompt, quality service you deserve.

McNeely Family Dentistry