Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease, and sensitivity while providing you with a beautiful smile. Routine dental check-ups along with proper dental hygiene are essential for maintaining healthy gums; however some patients may require treatment.
Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth.
Why treat gum recession
Periodontal disease and harsh tooth brushing are two primary causes for gum recession, which can lead to the following:
- Root sensitivity
- Unattractive smile
- tooth decay
- plaque build-up*
- loss of supporting bone
- Risk of further gum recession*
* Clinical Evaluation of 3 Techniques to Augment Keratinized Tissue Without Root Coverage. Harris RJ. J Periodontology 2001; 72: 932-938.