Gum recession can cause major problems in the health and function of your teeth. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods, as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth, are often initial symptoms of gum recession.

If your smile is affected by periodontal disease, you may have noticed that your gum line has receded, making your teeth look longer than usual. Gum recession may also be caused by overaggressive tooth brushing, insufficient dental care, genetic factors, tobacco product use, grinding and clenching your teeth, hormonal changes, or crooked teeth.

As the gums recede, “pockets” form between the teeth and gum line, where disease-causing bacteria can easily accumulate and damage your teeth and bone structure. In addition to damaging the health of your smile, this can also negatively affect your smile’s appearance and result in increased tooth sensitivity. To treat gingival recession, Dr. Knochel may recommend guided tissue regeneration. This treatment option harnesses your body’s ability to regenerate and regrow tissue and bone.

Guided tissue regeneration involves folding back the gum tissues and removing bacteria. Dr. Knochel will then place a regenerative material such as a membrane, tissue graft, or tissue stimulating protein. This encourages the body to naturally regenerate tissues in that area. Once the regenerative material is in place, the gum tissues are secured over the tooth root. Over time, your tissues will regenerate to correct the gingival recession. Guided tissue regeneration can also be used to regenerate lost bone tissue to further improve your oral health. To learn more about guided tissue regeneration, we welcome you to call or visit us today. We are committed to helping you improve the appearance and health of your smile!