Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth's root. Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.
Many people don't even notice that their gums have receded, because it is a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods. Eventually, gum recession, if not treated, can cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a gum tissue graft may be needed.
Many times gum tissues need to be thickened and strengthened before an implant can be placed. Thickening the gum tissue prevents future recession around the implant and can sometimes create a more esthetic appeal for the implant.
Your dental team at Jim D Lassiter, DMD, LLC will ensure that all the proper procedures have been done prior to implant placement to ensure that your implant is a success.