What Can You Do About Long Teeth?

West Columbia SC Family DentistAs you’ve gotten a little older, you may have noticed, to your dismay, that your teeth look a little longer than they used to. It’s kind of creepy to think about!

At this point, you want some answers:

Why is this happening?

How can you stop it?

Is there anything you can do to shorten your teeth?

What Causes Long Teeth

It’s not that your teeth themselves are growing any longer. They usually stay pretty firmly in place. Sometimes, a missing tooth leaves space for your tooth to drift out of the socket or shift sideways, but the most common cause of “long teeth” is gum recession.

As gums shrink away from the root of a tooth, more of the tooth is exposed which makes it look longer. Gum recession can affect just one tooth or many.

How To Stop Gum Recession

There are a number of factors that play into gum recession:

  • Age
  • Irritation (such as braces or aggressive toothbrushing)
  • Pressure on teeth
  • Gum disease

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Dr. Lorenzi or Dr. Darrah will help you figure out exactly which triggers may be behind your shrinking gum line. Identifying those triggers is the key to making a change that will save your gums.

Shorten Your Teeth?

Your dentist at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry will give you a few options for repairing the damage done by gum recession:

  • Gum grafting to cover exposed tooth roots
  • Bonding the exposed roots with tooth-colored filling
  • Minimal surgery to reposition the gum line

If long teeth or gum recession is an issue for you, then call our team today!

Posted on behalf of Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry

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