Root coverage procedures are used to correct gum recession and give patients better smiles, according to Boca Raton periodontist Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles.
People frequently lose gum on the outside of their teeth and this is called recession. Factors that predispose someone to gum recession include previous orthodontic treatment that the patient may have had in years past or teeth that are crowded and are perhaps in need of orthodontic treatment. When the gum is stretched thin on the outside of the root of the tooth, it is very often susceptible to abrasion by a toothbrush, or there is thin gum around the tooth and the gum simply moves up an upper tooth or down a lower tooth. The result is that more tooth surface is exposed and the patient’s smile is compromised.
What root coverage is means is doing a fairly simply procedure with an emphasis on esthetics. We move the gum or create gum to cover over that exposed root and also focus on reversing the process that originally caused gum loss in the first place. So if you have a wide smile and all of a sudden the root is exposed on one of your teeth, it can usually be covered. The result can be a very significant cosmetic improvement.
The procedures to cover roots are generally considered relatively minor in scope and there are a lot of different ways to do it and also many materials that we use. In the past most people associated covering roots with taking gum from the palate. Periodontists do not do that very often any more, because most of the time it is not necessary. We have newer ways to accomplish root coverage. We tailor the treatment to the individual depending on the particular situation and patients comment all the time that they are very pleased with the results.
Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
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