Yes and no. If you are considering nonsurgical receding gums treatment, you should know that it’s a procedure designed to give results that are as good as or better than surgical treatment. This means it has the potential to keep your gums in a healthy position for the rest of your life.

A “Reset” for Your Gums

dreamstime_m_11230426When your gums recede, they partly detach from your teeth and shrink. In this treatment, we are able to stretch the remaining gum material over the tooth roots, and in most cases (more than 80%), we can completely cover your tooth roots again.

The gum rejuvenation procedure uses a temporary matrix of collagen (the material that makes up much of your skin and gums), which serves as a glue to hold your gums in place while they create their own attachments with your teeth at the new position. But once your gums form these attachments, it is as if they had never receded. In more than 90% of cases, your gum line is stable, which means the procedure is essentially permanent.

Your Gums Are Still Vulnerable

However, this doesn’t mean we can guarantee your gums will never recede after treatment. We have done the best that can be done to put your gums back where they should be, but the future is always uncertain, and the conditions that led to your initial gum recession need to be kept in mind, and if you want your gums to remain healthy, you need to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep them that way.

If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. Or expect that you’re much more likely to see your gums recede again.

Make sure you’ve worked with your regular dentist to improve your oral hygiene–including more regular professional cleanings if necessary or recommended–to minimize the risk of gum disease recurrence. Remove jewelry associated with oral piercings. And make sure you’re not brushing your teeth too aggressively.

And we also have to recognize that despite all our best efforts, there is still a risk that you could suffer periodontal disease and see your gums recede again, especially if you’ve already dealt with multiple bouts of gum disease. And, of course, age has its role.

If you are looking for permanent treatment of receding gums, we can help. Please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or 949-551-5902 in Orange County for an appointment.