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Recession Treatment

What is Gingival Recession?

Tooth sensitivity, longer-looking teeth and changes to the appearance of your smile are all symptoms of gum recession. The gum tissue pulls away or shrinks down the length of the tooth root(s). When gum tissues recede from teeth or implants, the underlying roots or metal implant threads are exposed. The roots of teeth do not have protective enamel and are therefore more susceptible to damage and sensitivity to the oral environment. Gum recession exposes yellow roots near the gums, giving the appearance of longer teeth and an aging smile.

When gum recession threatens your smile, gum grafting is performed to regenerate receded tissue, cover tooth roots or implants, and restore a more healthy and youthful appearance.

Gum recession is a very common periodontal concern and can be caused by multiple factors. When recession is noted, it is critical to realize that not only has the thick/protective gum tissue been lost, but so has the underlying bone. If recession continues, then additional supporting bone will be lost, which can result in sensitivity, mobility, or even tooth loss.

What Causes Gum Recession?

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Orthodontics
  • Tooth position
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Trauma or injury
  • Genetics
  • Aggressive toothbrushing technique
  • Frenum pulls (short or tight muscle attachments)
  • Grinding and clenching

Please contact our office if you have any questions, (231) 932-4223.

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