Our Recession Treatment
Gum recession is loss of gum tissue around the tooth, usually in the front, and can cause a multitude of symptoms. One of the most noticeable consequences is the teeth appear to be “long” and unsightly due to the root being exposed.
Besides unattractive appearance of the teeth, other consequences of root exposure include:
- Susceptibility to decay Exposed roots are more susceptible to decay than enamel is. Decay that occurs in the roots of the teeth is particularly problematic because it can quickly spread to the nerve of the teeth if left untreated.
- Tooth sensitivity The roots of your teeth are far more sensitive than the enamel so you may notice increased discomfort or sensitivity accompanying gum recession.
- Loss of protection against further recession When your recession becomes too deep, you lose the thick, fortified gum tissue called attached gingiva. Attached gingiva is tightly bound down gum tissue which is important for gum stability and health. If you lose the remaining attached gingiva, the recession can rapidly worsen.
To prevent these outcomes, patients should pursue a gum graft to treat gum recession. Doing so will protect your oral health and improve your appearance.
At our practice, we offer a variety of grafting procedures to treat various types of gum recession and gingival defects. We do not believe that “one-size fits all” in terms of treatment because a single, deep recession site on a lower incisor tooth has different challenges from adjacent upper teeth with recession.
Having a different array of options is important in making sure each case is treated successfully.
Recession Treatment Case