Treatments for Receding Gums

A "long-in-the-tooth" appearance, results from the recession of the gum margin away from the 'crown' of the tooth, which exposes the root surface.

Dawood & Tanner have effective treatments for receding gums with minimally invasive corrective gum repositioning.

Over or incorrect brushing is one cause of recession, but this can also occur because of an unfavourable position of the tooth root within the jawbone. Recession may also be a result of active or treated by gum disease.

Correcting the recession by repositioning or grafting gum over the exposed root surface will reduce sensitivity and protect the root surface, and also improve the appearance if the tooth and exposed root is visible. There are a number of techniques to correct recession; treatment is very much dependant on the severity of the problem and the thickness of the nearby gum tissues - thick gums are less prone to recession.

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Sometimes it is possible to cover exposed root surfaces by a small surgical procedure to move the gum tissues back into their original position. Using our approach to Corrective Gum Repositioning, surgery is minimally invasive and the tissues heal quickly without the need for a graft. However, if the tissues are 'thin' a graft may be needed in order to increase the bulk of the tissue. This new grafted tissue may be brought in from another part of the mouth, e.g. the roof of the mouth, but in some cases, it may be possible to use a re-absorbable 3D collagen matrix, which would eliminate the need for a second surgical site.  Slight swelling and discomfort is sometimes experienced after the surgery - but this has rarely been a problem. This treatment is available to most healthy patients who look after their mouths well. Smoking can jeopardise our success – If you do smoke then it is important that you refrain from smoking at the time of the treatment.