Gum recession is a gradual condition with symptoms that can be very subtle at first. If they go unnoticed and untreated these symptoms can not only affect your gums but also your teeth, for which your gums are a supporting structure. At the outset of gum recession, you may notice a yellowish color on your teeth near the gumline. This is the dentin, which with healthy gums isn’t visible. Some teeth may appear longer than others. You may also experience heightened sensitivity in your teeth due to root exposure. At an advanced stage of gum recession in Chestnut Hill, MA, your teeth can loosen, shift, and fall out. Isn’t it better to treat this condition at the first signs rather than to wait and require more in-depth treatment later? We think so, and we think our doctors who specialize in this treatment would know best. Our multispecialty staff includes two periodontists—experts who are specifically credentialed to treat this and all gum-related conditions. We use a proven procedure called gum grafting to replace your missing gums with other tissue. Trust your gum recession treatment to a board-certified specialist here in our Chestnut Hill, MA office!
Symptoms of Receding Gums
Visible teeth roots
Increased tooth sensitivity
Teeth that appear longer than others
A yellowish color on the teeth near the gumline
How We Reverse Gum Recession
Gum grafting, sometimes called soft tissue grafting, is a reliable method of restoring receding gums. This is where our doctors take a small portion of tissue from the roof of your mouth, a healthy part of your gums, or from a donor source and attach it over the recessed area. As the surgical site heals, the graft fuses with the existing tissues, ultimately yielding a seamless appearance. You’ll be able to smile again without an unbalanced gumline and enjoy your favorite food and drink without the extreme sensitivity that exposed roots can cause you to experience.
Are You at Risk for Gum Recession?
While some causes of gum recession listed here are beyond your control, you can prevent others. Always follow your dentist’s recommendation for dental hygiene practices and limit risk factors when possible:
Overly aggressive brushing
Poor dental hygiene
Tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco)
Thin gum tissue
Rely on us to bring your gums and beautiful smile back.