Gum recession, or “receding gums”, can cause your teeth to be more exposed, including the darker part of the tooth roots. This can lead to increased tooth sensitivity from hot or cold foods and liquids as well as an increased risk of developing decay or cavities on the root surface. The tooth can start to look longer and may create esthetic problems.
A gum graft or other root coverage procedures can help patients restore what they have lost, by covering exposed roots as well as reducing risk of further recession of tissue and bone loss. This can either be achieved by taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth, or with an acellular matrix to avoid any additional surgical sites. The results help improve the health and appearance of the gum tissue, leading to a healthier smile.