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
  • Smoking
  • 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.