You might worry that your receding gums are too serious to be treated nonsurgically. But that’s not true. Nonsurgical gum rejuvenation can restore all but the most serious cases of receding gums, and can most likely help yours.
Understanding the Miller Receding Gums Classification
To understand how much gum recession we can treat, it’s helpful to understand how receding gums are classified. Dentists normally use the Miller classification, which was developed in the 1980s to describe both hard and soft tissue loss from receding gums.
The Miller classification is divided into four categories:
- Miller Class I: Short amounts of recession that don’t reach down to the place where your gum tissue changes visibly (mucogingival line). Might be narrow or wide, but your gums still fill the spaces between teeth.
- Miller Class II: Gum recession that reaches down to the point where the gums change visibly. Gums still occupy most of the space between teeth.
- Miller Class III: Gum recession is broad and affects multiple teeth in the area. It reaches to the point where the gums change visibly. Large black triangles have appeared between teeth.
- Miller Class IV: Gum recession goes all around the tooth, affecting several teeth in the area. Bone tissue has been lost, and black triangles have elongated.
Although the Miller classification is to some extent subjective, it is nonetheless helpful as a starting point for determining the amount of gum recession.
How Much Gum Recession Can We Treat?
Nonsurgical gum rejuvenation can be quite effective at treating receding gums. It has been used to successfully treat Miller Class I, Class II, and Class III receding gums. Even with the most serious level of gum recession, the procedures can eliminate about 90% of receding gums, and nearly 95% of people are happy with the results.
The only way to know for sure whether your gums will respond to nonsurgical treatment is to be evaluated in person. To have your receding gums evaluated, please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County to schedule your evaluation.