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Have you looked in the mirror lately and noticed your teeth are longer? Gum recession can creep up on you and cause tooth or bone loss if you’re not careful. It is caused by gum disease, excessive brushing or brushing with hard bristles, and tartar buildup.

A receding gumline is what happens when your gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls away from them leading to more of the tooth and root being exposed. It’s one of the most common dental problems, with up to 12 out of a hundred people having it, often without even knowing.

Because gum recession is often a very gradual process, there are a lot of people who don’t notice it until the recession is far advanced. This can eventually lead to tooth loss if not caught and treated. Fortunately, there are several effective grafting options to choose from.

We can graft using tissue from the roof of your mouth, a deeper layer of connective tissue on the roof of your mouth (a more comfortable option, and great for covering roots), from a tissue bank, or we can stretch a flap of gum higher up your exposed teeth.

Here at OC Advanced Periodontics, we stand ready to help your mouth back to ideal health in Tustin, California. Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD is eager for you to come in, so call us today at 714-795-3117!