My teeth look “long”. What are my options?

If your teeth look “long”, it could be a sign of gum recession caused by periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and other structures that support your teeth. It can cause irreversible damage if left untreated, including tooth loss. For this reason, it’s important to seek help from your dentist right away if you suspect that you are suffering from gum recession. Your dentist can diagnose the condition and develop a plan to help you reverse or slow down the progression of the periodontal disease, protecting your teeth and gums from further damage. Treatment may include scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gingival grafts, or other procedures. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups can help to prevent gum recession caused by periodontal disease. If you believe that your teeth look “long” due to gum recession, don’t wait—speak to your dentist as soon as possible. With the right care, you can protect your teeth and gums from the effects of periodontal disease.

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