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Receding Gums Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Receding Gums: Veneers versus Crowns: I'm 26 years old and have some receding gumline over my two front teeth.

I was interested in getting veneers but my dentist suggested crowns. She also mentioned that the crowns probably weren't going to cover my receded gums.

I would like to know if I should pursue this or am I in for a dissappointment? ... Visitor from MN

Answer:
These are great questions I can't fully answer without x-rays and an exam.

If your bone is great and all you have is recession you could have a soft tissue graft, connective tissue graft or a graft of alloderm which is donated skin product.

This would correct the soft tissue contours before a veneer or crown are done.

Next, if the teeth have no history of previous restoration or the restorations are small, a veneer may be an option. If your bite is too hard, the alignment of your teeth has problems or the existence of grinding your teeth is a problem, then crowns may be indicated.

You have not indicated the reason for the restorations. You haven't told me the condition of your bone, your skin and any other dental information about your other teeth that would help in giving you a decision.

Why wouldn't your dentist cover an area of minor recession? Hopefully these are questions you can ask your dentist.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
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Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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