Treatment for Gum Shrinkage

What is gum shrinkage?

Unfortunately as we age our gums shrink, even in a healthy mouth. There are a number of reasons why this process might be accelerated, for example if you have periodontal (gum) disease caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar, if you are grinding your teeth, if you have crowded teeth or you are cleaning your teeth too aggressively. Some diseases are responsible for gum loss too, and genetics can play a role.

What can be done to remedy gum shrinkage?

We can advise you on all the best ways to change your lifestyle to avoid gum shrinkage wherever possible. We will establish a healthy cleaning routine and perhaps fit you with a night guard against grinding. We can advise you on the particular foods you should avoid and give you a deep clean to prevent further periodontal disease diminishing what is left of your gums.

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Gum Enhancement in Letterkenny

Are you afraid to smile because of uneven or oversized gums or what appear to be teeth that are too short? Do you feel self-conscious when you talk to others?
To achieve the ideal proportions between teeth and gum we sometimes need to alter the contour of the soft tissue around the necks of some teeth. This will have the effect of lengthening your teeth and creating a balanced and beautiful smile.

Will it be painful?

Our main concern is your comfort. We can provide local anaesthetic for this procedure and then sculpt a beautiful gum line that complements your teeth. We use a device that cuts into the soft tissue and cauterises as it goes, meaning there is hardly any pain or bleeding and far less risk of post-operative infection than with the conventional scalpel. In more complex cases we may need to do some slight alteration to the underlying bone support in order to remodel the tissues. Every case is individual. We will discuss all options with you thoroughly.

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“Finally! I’ve been a client here for the past 3 years getting a lot of much-needed work done. Damien & Leona make a great team and take great care to make you as comfortable as possible. Today, I got my new crowns and have been beaming a smile since. I honestly did not realise how much of a difference it was going to make to have such precise work done in comparison with what was there before. Good dental care is essential, but if you need any kind of work done I couldn’t recommend this place enough. If you’re wary or anxious about dental appointments, this is the place for you. Thanks a million, folks!”

Ciaran Roarty, LETTERKENNY

“I can’t say enough about 03 Dental Letterkenny Damian and Leona. I feel like shouting from the roof tops for all those that have a phobia like me. I have been to other dentists but by far Letterkenny 03 are the most companionate, caring and professional not to mention the fantastic job they did on my teeth, I had conscious sedation and remember nothing! Very happy to have found my future dentist.”

Kathleen Bryant, LETTERKENNY

If you have any questions, please contact us