Gum Recession Treatment in Columbus, Ohio

Gum recession is a form of gum disease that causes tooth roots to become exposed.

Gum recession, or root exposure, is characterized by visible tooth roots, sensitivity to cold or touch and, in extreme cases, loose teeth. Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession.

Concerns of Gum Recession

Significant concerns regarding gum recession are as follows (least to most important):

  • Cosmetics
  • Tooth sensitivity to cold stimuli or touch
  • Loss of a “firm collar” of tissue around the neck of the tooth that functions as a protective mechanism for the underlying bone
  • Root caries, or cavities in the roots

Roots are porous in nature, much like a sponge. They have holes and tunnels in them, called tubules that, when exposed by gum disease, accumulate food particles, by-products, and bacteria. This invasion very rapidly results in loss of mineralization of the tooth, and cavities invade the root when it is exposed.

A firm band of tissue called “attached tissue” is usually attached to a root and provides a cinching effect around the teeth, much like a tie around a neck, to protect foreign material from getting down between the teeth and gums and thus infecting the bone. This important protection is lost with gum recession. Therefore, when the bone is exposed to foreign materials, it recedes to protect itself along with the gum. This provides for the significant loss of bone support for the tooth that is permanent. Bone loss usually cannot be replaced.

Gum Recession Treatment

Stoner Periodontic Specialists incorporates the most advanced, least invasive technologies for the correction of gum recession. Sometimes we can simply pull the gum up or down to cover the root. With more advanced gum recession, we incorporate either gum transplants or acellular dermal into our therapy to cover the exposed root. The procedure we use is well-documented, but is less commonly used due to the time and technical skill required to perform it.

Our gum recession treatment procedure is the most advanced, minimally-invasive, most comfortable and quickest gum recession healing procedure to date due to the minimal disruption of blood flow. There are few incisions or “stitches” after the procedure. During this procedure, everything is done underneath the gum, much like laparoscopy, so there is little manipulation of the tissue resulting in faster healing. Most of the time the procedure takes 20-45 minutes to complete.

Learn More About Gum Recession

You can see the results of our gum recession treatment in the pictures below.