Gum Recessions


When gums recede, the root of the tooth becomes exposed. Gum recessions may leave teeth sensitive and vulnerable to gum infection and tooth decay. Eventually it can lead to tooth loss.

What causes gum recession?

  • Periodontal disease – Erodes the jaw bone around teeth with subsequent gum recessions
  • Abnormal tooth position – Teeth that stand out are often not protected by jawbone on the outside and are vulnerable to gums receding
  • Hereditary thin, fragile or insufficient gum tissue – Vulnerable to trauma and subsequent gum recessions
  • Overaggressive brushing – Scrubbing that wears away the gum
  • Eating disorders, from self-induced vomiting – Acid erosion eating away at teeth and gums
  • Grinding of the teeth (bruxism) – Damages the teeth and supporting jawbone with subsequent gum recessions
  • Piercings in the lip or tongue – Traumatising the gum
  • Orthodontic movement of teeth – Pushing the teeth out of the supporting jawbone

How are gum recessions treated?

Treatment starts by addressing the problem which caused the gum recession i.e. treating gum infection, correcting tooth position, correcting wrong brushing techniques etc.

Gum recessions are then treated by repositioning the gums (“Pulling the gums up”) and/or by doing gum grafts. Gum grafts are done with your own tissue (taking gum from the roof of your mouth) or by using a gum substitute like AlloDerm®.

What are the benefits of treating gum recessions?

Treatment can reduce further recession & bone loss, cover exposed tooth roots (to protect them from decay), reduce tooth sensitivity and improves the appearance of your smile.

Whether you have treatment to improve function or aesthetics, you often receive the benefits of both: improved periodontal health and an improved smile. Both are key to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Before and After Gum Recession Treatment Photos

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