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If you’ve looked in the mirror recently and noticed that your teeth are longer than they used to be, your gums have probably been receding for a good while now. Several conditions cause gum recession, including tartar buildup, gum disease and brushing too hard.

These conditions lead to the gum tissue pulling away from the teeth and exposing more and more of the tooth and root. It’s a very common dental problem, with 4 to 12 percent of the population suffering from with, many not knowing that’s what they have.

If untreated, receding gums can lead to several very serious complications, such as losing one or more teeth or even losing bone mass from your jaw. You have to be careful because gum recession can happen so slowly you don’t immediately realize it’s happening.

Several options for graft are available, with taking tissue from the roof of your mouth being the most common. Other options are taking tissue from a tissue bank and reshaping the gums around the affected teeth to cover more of them. We will help you decide what is best.

Here at Fine Periodontics, we stand ready to help your mouth back to ideal health in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Norman B. Fine is eager for you to come in, so call us today at 864-299-5900!