Gum recession can be caused by several factors: gum disease, trauma (brushing too hard), or the tooth position relative to the jaw bone (if the tooth is pushed too far forward, the gums can recede). Not all areas of recession need to be treated. However, if the gum gets too thin (or if you are concerned about the esthetics), Dr. Pope will often recommend a gum graft to improve the quantity and quality of good gum tissue.
There are multiple options for the treatment of gum recession. Sometimes Dr. Pope will use your own gum tissue (also called a connective tissue graft). In other situations, Dr. Pope may recommend a donor tissue (called an allograft). Each recession case is unique and Dr. Pope will discuss which graft is best for you during the consultation.