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Can Tooth Misalignment Cause Gum Recession?

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Gum recession is a common oral health issue that can lead to several complications, including sensitivity, decay, and aesthetic concerns. One of the lesser-known causes of gum recession is tooth misalignment, which can create abnormal pressures on the gums and jawbone. The mechanics of biting and chewing are altered when teeth do not align properly, often resulting in excessive force on certain areas of the gums. Over time, this uneven pressure can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, exposing the roots and leading to sensitivity and other problems.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we understand the complexities of oral health and the role of tooth alignment in maintaining healthy gums. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, ranging from addressing misalignment with orthodontic solutions to treating gum recession directly. We will work with you to ensure you and your oral health are cared for. 

Understanding the Link Between Misaligned Teeth and Gum Recession

As mentioned, when teeth are not properly aligned, they can place uneven pressure on the gums and jawbone. This can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots and potentially leading to sensitivity and decay.

The abnormal bite force exerted by misaligned teeth can also contribute to other oral health problems. These include tooth wear, increased risk of cavities, and even jaw pain or TMJ disorders. Therefore, understanding the connection between tooth misalignment and gum recession is crucial for effective treatment and prevention.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, our approach to treating gum recession involves a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, including the alignment of your teeth. We consider all potential factors contributing to gum recession to provide targeted and effective treatment.

Prevention and Treatment Options for Gum Recession Due to Tooth Misalignment

Preventing and treating gum recession involves addressing the underlying cause of misalignment. Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, can help realign teeth, thereby reducing the uneven pressure on the gums.

In cases where gum recession has already occurred, various treatment options are available. These include gum grafts, which involve transplanting tissue to cover exposed roots, and scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure that helps heal gum tissue.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we offer a wide range of treatment options tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Our team, led by Dr. Nancy Herbst, provides expert care in treating gum recession caused by tooth misalignment. We use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Why Choose Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group for Your Oral Health Needs?

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, our commitment to patient care sets us apart. With over 25 years of experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Nancy Herbst and our team offer comprehensive solutions for a range of oral health issues, including those related to tooth misalignment and gum recession. We understand that each patient’s situation is unique, which is why we provide personalized treatment plans designed to address the specific causes of your oral health concerns. 

Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment or surgical intervention for gum recession, we are here to help. If you’re experiencing gum recession or have concerns about tooth misalignment, we invite you to contact us at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group. Our compassionate care ensures a comfortable and effective treatment experience. Call us at (908) 663-5309 or visit our contact form to schedule your consultation today. We’re here to support your journey toward optimal oral health.