Restoring biology, comfort, and aesthetics


Restoring biology, comfort, and aesthetics

Gum Recession

Gum recession is a gradual process in which the tissue surrounding the teeth pulls away, exposing the tooth’s root. This can often go unnoticed, but it can lead to issues. Exposed tooth roots not only affect aesthetics but also result in tooth sensitivity, especially when consuming hot or cold foods. If left untreated, gum recession can further lead to decay and even tooth loss.

Cause and Prevention

The prevention of gingival recession is facilitated by the use of soft toothbrushes with gentle pressure. The main causes of gum recession usually arise from using hard toothbrushes and aggressive brushing techniques. Furthermore, forceful application of dental floss and interdental toothbrushes can lead to receding gums between teeth, resulting in the formation of noticeable gaps resembling black triangles. For better oral care, we recommend using a water pick alongside brushing and flossing instead of interdental toothbrushes.

Gum recession caused by aggressive brushing and bruxism

Receding gums between teeth result in the formation of noticeable gaps resembling black triangles, caused by the vigorous use of dental floss or inter-proximal toothbrush


In the left image, the arrows point to the trauma caused by an incorrect and vigorous flossing technique, while in the right images, you can see the dental floss along with its corresponding trauma, indicated by arrows of the same color.

Another very common cause of recession is bruxism, which can be prevented with the use of an occlusal splint.

Periodontal disease, high muscle insertions, and orthodontics can also be causes of gum recession.

Poor quality of dental work such as fillings, crowns, or veneers can also lead to gum recession.

Gum recession and accumulation of bacterial plaque

Recession caused by high muscle insertion

Gum recession and bruxism

Recession and poor-quality dental work


Treating Gum Recession

Our approach focuses on treating gum recession through minimally invasive gum graft techniques. The objective of these techniques is to restore the natural biological balance of your gums, improve your comfort, and enhance the overall aesthetics of your smile.

This clinical procedure involves repositioning the gums by adding tissue from the palate or a donor over the exposed tooth roots. While our methodology is based on minimalist techniques, we also possess knowledge of various grafting methods that allow us to provide optimal treatment for each case, thereby achieving the most predictable, stable, and aesthetically pleasing results.
It’s important to note that gum recession is not hereditary, but inheriting thin gums can make us more susceptible to it.

The benefits of Gingival Grafting

Providing comfort by preventing cold sensitivity and decay

Increasing the strength and thickness of the gums

Protecting and maintaining the health of the underlying bone

Enhancing aesthetics, as recession gives the appearance of longer teeth



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