50% of adults between the ages of 18 and 65 have gum recession. Gum recession, or gingival recession, refers to the progressive loss of gum tissue and the underlying bone. The exposed roots can cause sensitivity, decay and eventual tooth loss.
According to Dr. Cabrera, “What is commonly called ‘gum recession’ is just the visual appearance of an underlying set of problems.” He explains that there are different factors that contribute to gum recession including disease, bone and tissue thickness, jaw shape, and the position of the teeth. It is important to find a specialist who focuses on your individual situation in order to get treatment that fits your needs.
At Peter O. Cabrera, DDS, our team focuses on the underlying causes of gum recession and we take each patient’s specific anatomy into account before considering treatment options. Some of the possible treatment options for gum recession include continuous monitoring, gum grafting, or the Chao Pinhole Technique.
According to Dr. Cabrera, "…The risks and complications (of gum surgery) are minimal if you have the appropriate patient. If the patient’s mouth cannot safely provide the tissue needed, you simply do something else. The main complications that I have seen over the years have to do with clinicians who did not properly diagnose where they are taking the tissue from.”
Dr. Cabrera strongly recommends putting your oral health into the hands of a trained Periodontal specialist when it comes to treatment for gum recession.
Dr. Cabrera has years of Periodontal experience, and he lectures both nationally and internationally on Periodontal and Dental Implant surgery. He is the past President of the Illinois Society of Periodontists and Midwest Society of Periodontology. Dr. Peter Cabrera stays up-to-date with all the latest improvements in Periodontal surgery via continuing education (as both a participant and an instructor).
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If you've been told by your doctor that you have gum recession or you think you might need gum grafting, call the office of Peter O. Cabrera, DDS today at (312) 332-3365.