Learn About Gum Recession
About Receding Gums
Sometimes your gums may recede or shrink away from your tooth and expose the root surface.
There are many reasons this may happen, including:
- Faulty toothbrushing technique
- Gingival inflammation
- Heavy occlusal forces
- Tooth malposition
- Abnormal muscle attachment.
Sometimes the recession causes your teeth to become sensitive because of the underlying exposed tooth surface. The major risk associated with receding gums is dental decay of exposed tooth structure.
About Gingival Grafts
If you have exposed gums, you may need to have a procedure called a gingival graft.
This will replace the recession around the tooth so the gum can protect the tooth adequately.
Thanks to today's advances in both technology and research, Dr. Gatgens can perform a gingival graft accurately and successfully with less discomfort to you.
Bone & Gum Grafts
Bone loss and gum recession can happen for different reasons. But, the good news is that we can offer you a solution to correct both bone loss and gum recession.
We can give you a bone graft to replace where your bone has lost volume after tooth loss or due to periodontal disease or trauma. Gum grafts can replace where the recession has taken place or inadequate soft tissue exists due to previous extraction or trauma.
The materials we use are called Allografts because they come from a donor that has been extensively tested for sterility and safety from the tissue bank that supplies the graft material.
Their processing follows strict guidelines set by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).