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.
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®.
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.
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