Can Veneers Cover Receding Gums?

Can Veneers Cover Receding Gums? from Dental Studio Colleyville in Colleyville, TXThin, tooth-colored shells called veneers can be attached to the front of individual teeth to cover up imperfections or cracks. Used for both oral health and cosmetic purposes, patients often opt for this form of restoration to vastly improve a smile. Some people wonder if the shells can go a step further and also help a receding gumline. Here is a breakdown of receding gums and what these dental restorations can do for your smile.

Understanding gum recession

Gums may recede from teeth for a variety of different reasons. Gum disease, injuries, teeth grinding, and simply age can cause gum recession. Unfortunately, gums that have receded never grow back, revealing parts of teeth that normally are not seen in a smile. Recession can also cause problems with oversensitivity if the root of a tooth is exposed. Patients with receded gums can feel uncomfortable smiling for a photo or have difficulties eating, so getting the issue resolved to restore confidence and health is always a priority.

Finding easy solutions

A patient suffering from gum recession usually has two options for fixing a smile. The first involves grafting tissue taken from the roof of the mouth to the receded gums, a procedure that fills in the exposed surface of a tooth. The second solution is the application of veneers over the exposed section. Because it is less invasive, getting the artificial restorations is a popular choice.

However, not everyone can choose them, as some patients have severely receded gums that require surgery to fix. Speak to a dentist about restoration options and to see if extra steps, such as gum treatment or antibiotics, are necessary. Once a patient has the all-clear, the veneers can be placed following these steps.

Choosing the right material

First, patients must choose between porcelain and composite resin restorations. Each has its advantages. Porcelain is more durable, lasts longer, and is less likely to break, but if damage does occur, the entire veneer must be replaced. Composite material does not have the same longevity due to limited durability, but it can be easily repaired if chipped or cracked. Patients who do not know which to pick can ask for advice from a dentist.

Receiving restoration treatment

During the appointment, the surface of the tooth is roughened to make adhesion stronger between the tooth and shell. The shell is then bonded to the front of the tooth using ultraviolet light. All veneers are custom-made to match a patient’s tooth color and size. In the case of gum recession, the shells can completely cover all exposed portions of the tooth, minimizing sensitivity and restoring a beautiful smile.

Taking care of veneers

Taking care of these new restorations is not difficult. Simply brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day. There is no need to be nervous flossing between teeth after the treatment, as the shells should stay firmly in place.

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Conclusion

Gum recession can turn into a major oral health problem if not taken care of immediately. Opting for veneers can be less stressful than surgery and put patients at ease about their oral health and smile.

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