Receding gums are common problem for people. This issue can cause sensitivity that ranges from mild to severe, food traps and aesthetic issues. Once upon a time we believed receding gums were part of the aging process. However, we now know it related to infection and or trauma.
Before Gum Surgery
After Gum Surgery
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Gum Recession and Gum Reshaping.
An intact gum is a natural defence against both trauma and bacterial penetration. This will often result in sensitivity, poor aesthetics and decay.
Not all gum recession needs to be treated and sometimes the solution is as simple as stopping to brush aggressively and use of a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor to guide you.
When severe, gum grafting techniques are available to replace the lost gum and reinstate the natural function. A donor site is used to provide the missing gum. Either a thin piece of gum tissue is taken from your hard palate or a small strip is gently moved from an adjacent site. The graft will typically cover the portion of root that is exposed and be a highly predictable outcome.
In some instances, it is not necessary to use your own tissue and other graft materials can be used.
Ideally all graft procedures should be performed by specialist Periodontists. Kissing Point Dental Group refers primarily to Dr Kevin Todes and David Grossberg at the Sydney Periodontist Centre