Sometimes patients think that gum recession is a “natural” thing; that it is “normal.” It is certainly common, but it should not be considered “normal.” As the gums recede, so does the bone that holds the teeth in place so that eventual tooth loss is a distinct possibility. Also, the root surface (dentin) is much softer than the tooth enamel, resulting in a higher incidence of root caries and root sensitivity. We have many different alternatives available to help you, from transplanting your own tissue, to utilizing less invasive tissue replacement alternatives.
If you notice that the gums are receding around your teeth, ask your dentist about it at your next check-up or call our office for a consultation appointment.
Below you will see several different exposed root situations where the patient’s own tissue was successfully transplanted with predictable esthetic results using a minimally invasive, patient-friendly procedure published by Dr. Lorenzana in 2000. This procedure has been utilized on millions of patients over the years and Dr. Lorenzana’s technique is taught in residency programs around the world to this day.