Gum Recession & Tissue Grafting

Do you feel you look older than you really are? Sometimes gum recession causes the tooth root to become exposed, which makes your teeth look long and can make you look older than you are. This recession can happen as a result of a variety of causes, including periodontal diseases. Exposed roots are unappealing and can leave you at risk of developing cavities on your tooth root.

Do You Have Receding Gums?

Recession can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your teeth. If your dentist has diagnosed you with gingivitis or periodontal disease, it is important to notice if:

  • Your teeth appear longer than normal
  • You have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or even to sweet, spicy, or sour foods
  • Spaces between your teeth seem to grow
  • The roots of your teeth begin to show

Soft tissue grafts and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.