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Are your teeth looking longer than they used to? If they are, your gums might be receding. There are many different things that can cause this, including gum disease, tartar buildup, and excessive brushing or brushing with medium or hard bristles.

Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.

Because gum recession is often a very gradual process, there are a lot of people who don’t notice it until the recession is far advanced. This can eventually lead to tooth loss if not caught and treated. Fortunately, there are several effective grafting options to choose from.

We can graft using tissue from the roof of your mouth, a deeper layer of connective tissue on the roof of your mouth (a more comfortable option, and great for covering roots), from a tissue bank, or we can stretch a flap of gum higher up your exposed teeth.

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!