Combat Receding Gums: Understanding Causes and Treatment Options
March 25, 2024
Discover the causes and treatments for receding gums. From genetic factors to aggressive brushing, various reasons contribute to gum recession. Learn how gum graft surgery can halt tissue and bone loss, preserving your smile.

Author:

Ina Alberts

Gum recession and Gum Grafts

Gum recession is a serious issue that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. In our mouths, we have different types of gum tissue: keratinized mucosa (around teeth and on the roof of the mouth) and non-keratinized mucosa (on the inside of the cheeks and lips). If there’s not enough keratinized mucosa around teeth or implants, it should be closely watched and referred to a specialist if you notice receding gums.

Why is treatment needed, especially if no root sensitivity or aesthetic concerns are present?  As gums recede so does the bone.  So inhibiting tissue loss by augmenting the attached tissue (with gum graft surgery) further bone breakdown and possible tooth or implant loss will be prevented.

Possible causes of gum recession:

  • Genetically thin tissue
  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive brushing technique
  • Frenum activitiy
  • Orthodontics
  • Trauma

Receding gums can be treated with surgical interventions.  Options for treatment can involve using the patient’s own tissue or donor tissue.  Many surgical techniques are available with the goal of halting future tissue and bone loss.

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