Periodontal disease, as well as other acquired and developmental factors, can lead to gum recession and exposure of root surfaces. In addition to being an esthetic concern, it might result in sensitivity and root caries. Depending on the type of recession and the individual’s concern, using a soft tissue graft, the periodontist will increase the thickness of the gums to stop further recession and cover the exposed roots. The soft tissue graft is commonly harvested from the roof of the mouth (which grows back). Synthetic/biologic grafts can also be used.

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