Dental Implants

Gum Recession Solutions

Gum recession is when you notice your gums beginning to wear away, or pull back which exposes more of your tooth’s root. Once gum tissue around the roots has been lost, you may experience sensitivity, especially with cold and hot foods or drinks. You may also notice the appearance of your smile is more “gummy” and since it’s exposing more of the root of the tooth, this can lead to cavities forming on the root surfaces.

3 Causes of Gum Recession

Aggressive Brushing: Brushing too hard can cause significant damage to the gum tissue. Brushing with a heavy hand and/or a hard bristled toothbrush can not only wear away the gum tissue, but it can also remove the enamel near the gum line.

Poor Oral Hygiene: Plaque can rapidly accumulate on the teeth if brushing and flossing are not performed properly. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause infection which can lead to periodontal disease and the loss of bone and tissue around the teeth.

Smokeless Tobacco: Any tobacco use can greatly harm the oral cavity. In particular chewing tobacco can aggravate the gingival lining and lead to gum recession.

Regardless of how you have lost gum tissue, we can help. We offer minimally invasive gum grafting techniques that can help treat single or multiple tooth recessions. Using either your own tissue or donor tissue we can safely and effectively restore your smile.

Gum grafting can help stop bone and tissue loss around teeth.  Gum tissue can not regrow itself, so often times a graft is necessary to help restore the gum tissue. Along with reducing sensitivity a gum graft can also improve the appearance of your smile and greatly improve the health of your gums.

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