Gum recession occurs when the tissue that surrounds the teeth wears down towards the end of the root, exposing more of the tooth. Recession is commonly caused by a tooth in an irregular or abnormal position, genetic factors, periodontal disease, or excessive brushing of the teeth. An exposed tooth root, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss. To avoid the loss of your teeth, it may be necessary for you to receive a gum graft.
Before the procedure starts, Dr. Levine will apply a local anesthetic to numb the areas involved. Depending on how severe the gum recession is, the doctor will remove tissue from either the roof of the mouth (palate) or the gum near the tooth that needs repair. The tissue is then securely placed over the exposed tooth root. The procedure usually takes just one visit and, unless you were given a sedative, you will be able to drive home following your appointment.
At the conclusion of the procedure, Dr. Levine will instruct you on what to eat and how to care for your teeth in the following weeks.