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Restore a Balanced, Healthy Smile

Reverse Receding Gums, Regain Oral Health

When your gums recede, more of the surface of the teeth underneath becomes exposed. In some cases, this can reach all the way down to the roots. Gum recession leads to greater tooth sensitivity, where a broader range of food and drink temperatures make you uncomfortable. Your gums also become uneven, making your smile unbalanced and some teeth appear longer than others. Worse still, the teeth become more susceptible to developing cavities and the underlying bone can begin to deteriorate. Dealing with overly sensitive teeth, compromised teeth and bone, and an unbalanced smile, can be a daily challenge. But there is a solution to this gradual degenerative condition that will enable you to enjoy meals and smile once again without hesitation. Gum recession treatment, in the hands of dual-certified periodontist Dr. Curry Leavitt, can be very effective in restoring your natural gumline, especially in the early stages of recession. Dr. Leavitt achieves this by using new soft tissue or repositioning existing tissue to replace what you’ve lost.
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Minimally Invasive Gum Recession Treatments

Restoring your gums is really about repositioning or replacing them. In the former case, it means a minimally invasive tunneling technique during which Dr. Leavitt slides a fine dental instrument under the gums and gently pulls them down into their original position. This covers the exposed, sensitive areas of the tooth. No sutures are necessary with this type of treatment! Another minimally invasive option is attaching a piece of substitute soft tissue in the area where you’ve experienced gum loss. At one time we used to take a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth to do this. Now we offer a method that doesn’t involve removing your tissue. Alloderm, sourced from donors, is a reliable tissue alternative. Placing this in areas of recession will stimulate the tissue to regrow and strengthen, making it unlikely to recede again. This is known as gum grafting. Dr. Leavitt is renowned for his expertise in soft tissue regeneration and is a noted lecturer on the topic.

Common Causes of Gum Recession

In addition to seeking treatment from Dr. Leavitt, you can prevent some of the causes of gum recession yourself. Have a look at these contributing factors:
  • Poor brushing techniques
  • Tobacco use (smoking and smokeless tobacco)
  • Progressive periodontal disease
  • Hereditary disposition
  • Thin gum tissue
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Gum Recession

Gum Recession

Guided Tissue Regeneration