What is gum recession?

Gum recession (Gingival recession) happens when the margin of the gingiva retracts or is lost, thus exposing the root of the tooth.

What causes gum recession?

Gingival recession can be caused by many conditions, the most common of which are:

  • Traumatic toothbrushing
  • Periodontitis
  • Thin or absent band of protective gingiva/gum
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • High frenal attachment
  • Traumatic occlusion


Why should I treat my recession?

Gingival recession has some negative effects on oral health including:

  • Unesthetic appearance of exposed roots
  • Senstivity, especially to cold temperature and sweets
  • Root caries, which progresses faster than enamel caries
  • Progressive recession in the absence of persistant inflammation

What results should I expect?

Gingival recession is classified into different classes. Results will depend on the initial classifcation, the cause of recession, and patient factors. Ask Dr. Sweidan about what results you should expect. You can also look at pictures of treated cases in our gallery.