Gum recession is a condition in which the gum tissues pull away from the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. When this occurs, it increases your risk of tooth loss, tooth decay and other problems. Gum recession may be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Periodontal disease
- Poor oral hygiene
- Overaggressive brushing
- Using tobacco products
Here are a few signs of gum recession:
- Persistent bad breath
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Exposed tooth roots
- Teeth that appear longer
If you are diagnosed with gum recession, our dentist may recommend soft tissue grafting to help restore your gums. Also known as gum grafting, this treatment takes healthy gum tissue from another area of your mouth and places it over the areas where gum tissue has been lost. This restores your gum line and improves your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile by giving you back a more even gum line. We may apply proteins to stimulate the healing process and speed your recovery.
Our dentist may also recommend some lifestyle changes, such as brushing more frequently or using a softer toothbrush.
For more information about gum recession and soft tissue grafting in Bellevue, Washington, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Han, call Newport Dental today at 425-641-5303.