If you notice that your teeth appear “longer” you may have thin or receding gum tissue. The gums serve to protect your teeth and help to anchor them to the jaw. While receding gum tissue does not typically cause pain, it may cause sensitivity. Loss of gum tissue over time is fairly common and can be treated through gum grafting.
Routine visits to the dentist can help prevent gum recession or identify the need for receding gums to be treated before too much damage has occurred. The sooner you seek treatment the more likely you are to have successful results. Gum grafting, also known as soft tissue grafting, is one option for restoring the gum tissue. A comprehensive exam to assess your oral health and lifestyle choices will be performed to identify if and what type of gum grafting is best for you.