Recession Gum Loss

Healthy gum tissues create great smiles!  However, when your gum tissue margin pulls away from your tooth exposing the tooth’s root, recession begins. Receding gums, from aging, poor oral hygiene, abrasion during brushing, poor restoration, and more, can be a start of a potentially serious oral health problem.  Fortunately, Dr. Fotek can reverse this gum loss by performing a predictable procedure.

Treatment Options for Gum Recession

After we address the cause of your gum recession, we are able to create a treatment plan for you. A few common treatments are:

Free Gingival Graft

The Free Gingival Graft is a technique used to increase the amount of resilient tissue surrounding a tooth or a dental implant. This tissue plays a pivotal role at maintaining gingival health around teeth and dental implants, while facilitating good oral care.  The tissue needed for the graft is usually taken from the palate (roof of mouth) and is placed over the recession area.  Multiple teeth can be treated at a time in this manner.  We secure the graft and cover it with a surgical dressing.  Both the donor and recipient site heal simultaneously.

Connective Tissue Graft

Connective Tissue Graft is the gold standard for correction of gum restoration. It is one of the most predictable approaches for correcting recession defects, mainly because it uses your tissue to cover your recession.  The connective tissue graft involves placement of a graft directly over an exposed root.  After numbing the area, a tiny cut is made in the gum to create a gum pouch over the tooth with recession.  After the graft is obtained from a secondary small cut on the palate, our periodontist places it over the recession. Your gum tissue will provide a good supply of nutrients to the connective tissue graft while maintaining its viability.


AlloDerm® provides a predictable alternative to treating gum recession.  It is intended for the correction of gingival recession in lieu of a gum graft, when there is not enough available gum tissue or its procurement is undesired.  AlloDerm® is an Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) from donated human skin tissue acquired by tissue banks.  It is a dermal (skin) matrix that allows Dr. Fotek to give you the necessary tissue graft, without the limitations associated with harvesting the graft material from the roof of your mouth.  Not only does it lead to fast healing, with AlloDerm® there is no need for a second surgical (donor) site, which means less pain and faster recovery.

Are You Suffering from Gum Loss?

Then it’s time to come see our periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens for treatment! Together, we will examine your current oral health and create the best treatment plan possible. So, contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!

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