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If you’ve looked in the mirror recently and noticed that your teeth are longer than they used to be, your gums have probably been receding for a good while now. Several conditions cause gum recession, including tartar buildup, gum disease and brushing too hard.

These conditions lead to the gum tissue pulling away from the teeth and exposing more and more of the tooth and root. It’s a very common dental problem, with 4 to 12 percent of the population suffering from with, many not knowing that’s what they have.

If untreated, receding gums can lead to several very serious complications, such as losing one or more teeth or even losing bone mass from your jaw. You have to be careful because gum recession can happen so slowly you don’t immediately realize it’s happening.

There are several different kinds of graft, normally defined by where the tissue comes from. It can be taken from a tissue bank, from the roof of your mouth, either the top layer or a deeper layer, or we can stretch a flap of gum to cover your teeth more.

Here at David E. Pearson DMD PC, we stand ready to help your mouth back to ideal health in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Dr. David E. Pearson is eager for you to come in, so call us today at 770.995.9051!