Gum or gingiva surrounds the bone and tooth. Sometimes, the gums recede away from the tooth which exposes the root area causing uncomfortable sensitivity to cold, hot or tactile stimulation.
The appearance of the teeth appear longer and brushing around that area may be uncomfortable and difficult, in turn, making the tooth more susceptible to root cavities and bleeding gums. Factors such as periodontal disease, toothbrush abrasion, occlusal trauma or weak existing gum anatomy may predispose one to gum recession.
When detected early, preventative home care techniques are taught to minimize progression. However, if the gum recession advances, gum grafting may be recommended.
Gum grafting is a very predictable procedure with minimal risk of any complication. The procedure involves taking a thin piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth and transferring it to the recessed area.
The roof of your mouth will be covered by a thin stent to allow for healing while the grafted site will regenerate, restoring and strengthening what was lost. Another option is to use medically processed, donated dermal tissue. This avoids the need for a donor site from the roof of the mouth.
If you have any questions about receding gums, our doctors are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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