Can Porcelain Veneers Help With Gum Recession?
Porcelain veneers are known to be one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain veneers can address a wide range of dental flaws, including discoloration, dental stains, and minor chips, cracks, and fractures. Porcelain veneers can also address issues related to the gums, including an uneven gum line caused by gum recession.
At Smiles for Life, our dentists often offer patients from Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Bridgwater, VA, porcelain veneers to manage gum recession and its aesthetic effects. However, first we must determine the cause of gum recession so we can treat that issue. In this way, we are able to give our patients a smile that is both healthier and more attractive.
Causes of Gum Recession
Gum recession describes a lifting or pulling away of the gum tissue. As the gums recede, space opens up between the gum line and the base of the teeth.
There is usually some degree of natural gum recession that occurs with aging. However, moderate to severe cases of gum recession are more often the result of oral health problems or bad dental habits, including:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
- Aggressive tooth brushing
- Gum injury
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Periodontal disease
Treating Gum Recession
Gum recession can cause unattractive gaps between the teeth and the gums. It can also create an uneven gum line that makes some of the teeth appear disproportionately longer than others. It is important to address these cosmetic flaws, but first the cause of gum recession must be diagnosed and treated. Gum recession can lead to a number of dental complications, including increased tooth sensitivity, infection, and even tooth loss.
In most cases, gum recession can be treated with a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This process involves cleaning the tooth beneath the gum line, and then smoothing down the roots of the tooth. Scaling and root planing eliminates bacteria from the gums and teeth to prevent (or treat) infection and promote healing of the gum tissue.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that bond to the facial surface (front) of the teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws. Although porcelain veneers cannot treat the cause of gum recession, they can be very beneficial to those who have experienced it.
Porcelain veneers are completely customizable restorations. Our dentists can choose the size, shape, and color of veneers that will blend in best with each patient’s smile.
How Porcelain Veneers Help Address Gum Recession
Porcelain veneers are especially helpful for those who have suffered from gum recession because they allow us to create a more symmetrical smile by concealing teeth that look uneven or disproportionate due to gum recession.
Porcelain veneers can also cover up any gaps that have formed between the teeth and the gum line as a result of recession. This is not only cosmetically beneficial, but it also provides a layer of protection that is helpful in covering sensitive tooth roots and minimizing heightened tooth sensitivity related to gum recession.
Learn More About Veneers
If your smile has been compromised by gum recession, porcelain veneers can restore the attractive and even smile you desire. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers treatment, contact Smiles for Life online or call us at (540) 828-2312.