Jason C. Stoner DDS, MS

Periodontal and Dental Implant Therapies

Gum Recession

Gum disease comes in many forms, one of which is gum recession, or root exposure

Gum recession is a disease or pathological process that is characterized by visible roots, sensitivity to cold or touch, and in extreme cases, loose teeth. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. 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. Stoner Periodontic Specialists  has a unique and less invasive way to correct disease and gum recession.

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Concerns regarding gum recession (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

What Causes Gum Recession?

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 affect 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 disease and recession. Therefore, when the bone is exposed to foreign materials, it recedes to protect itself along with the gum. This provides for significant loss of bone support for the tooth that is permanent–bone loss usually cannot be replaced.

Gum Recession Treatment

We incorporate the most advanced, least invasive technologies for the correction of gum recession caused by gum disease. Sometimes we can simply pull the gum up or down to cover the root. With more advanced recession we incorporate either gum transplants or acellular dermal into our therapy to cover the exposed root, and therefore cure the five reasons given above that accompany gum recession caused by gum disease. The procedure we use is well documented, but is less commonly used due to the time and technical skill required to perform the procedure. The procedure is the most advanced, minimally-invasive, most comfortable and quickest gum disease 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.

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200 N Fountain Ave
Springfield, OH 45504

Contemporary Periodontic Specialists of Springfield

200 N Fountain Ave
Springfield, OH 45504

ph. 937.717.9647
fx. 937.717.9702

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