Gum recession starts when the gum tissue pulls back from the root, causing root exposure given an uneven, unhealthy, and unattractive appearance. If you have experience one of these signs do not worry because there is treatment available to correct the alignment, the quantity and quality of your gums. This treatment also can prevent the formation of root decay, decrease tooth sensitivity, and give a younger look to your smile. It is a total gum rejuvenation.


Gum recession can be caused by present or past periodontal disease, brushing trauma, thing gum tissue (genetics), previous orthodontic treatment, grinding or clenching of teeth, oral piercing


What signs or symptoms should I expect if I have recession?

 •  Tooth may look longer than normal • Root caries •  Tooth sensitivity

What can I do to reduce the risk of gum recession?

 •  Use a soft toothbrush • Review proper brushing techniques with our hygienist and/or Dr. Abril 



A gum graft can be utilized to replace the gum tissue that has receded. Gum grafts are proven, efficient and preferable treatment to cover your roots and gain gum tissue when lacking.



 The source of the gum graft can come from the patient’s body.


Connective Tissue Graft

This technique is proven to be the gold standard procedure when it comes to regeneration of the gum tissue around teeth and implants. Providing excellent results and color matching with the neighboring tissues. 

When the procedure is performed, a periodontist often will prepare a flap where the exposed roots are present and then an inner layer tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth is harvested. Then this tissue is placed around the exposed roots and secured with sutures. Then the flap is secured back in place. The main aim of this procedure is to increase the quantity of the tissue.

 Free Gingival Graft 

The FGG is another technique the uses the patient’s own palate this time an outer layer of the palate is taken. Sutures are also used, and the main aim of the technique is to increase the amount of keratinized tissue (quality of the tissue) around a tooth or an implant.





The use of allografts (donor tissue) is a great alternative to the autogenous gum graft (patient’s own tissue).

 Alloderm® Is the name of one graft material that offers a good substitution to the patient’s gum tissue. One of the advantages of this technique is that there is no need of a second surgical wound in the palate.

Dr. Abril will use this material in conjunction with small surgical incisions to design a pocket or a tunnel where the graft material can be inserted. Then small sutures will be used to maintain the graft material in place until the healing occurs.

Advantages of the non-autogenous gum grafting will include:

•  Possibility of treating the entire mouth in cases of generalized recessions. •  Unlimited amount of donor material.  •  Decrease amount of postoperative complications related to the palatal wound.

 Pinhole Technique®

 A minimally invasive treatment to correct gum recession

It uses no scalpels and no palatal grafting

The Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® uses small pinholes made with special instruments to gently prepare and access the receded gums to cover the recession. A biocompatible, sterile collagen membrane is then used here for tissue regeneration.

This minimal approach facilitates less post-op operative discomfort (pain swelling and bleeding)

 Gum grafting can correct the gum recession caused by past periodontal disease, trauma, thin gum tissue, grinding and or clenching teeth and oral piercing.

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