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Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 242-7603

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Denton, TX 76201
(940) 566-7021

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Flower Mound, TX 75028
(972) 434-8050

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Frisco, TX 75034
(469) 489-ROOT


ROOT™ Periodontal & Implant Centers


Serving the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Metro

Gum Recession Serving the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Metro


Gum Recession Dallas Fort Worth

Patients who have experienced a progressive loss of gum tissue are experiencing gum recession. Gum recession results in teeth appearing to be longer than normal, and if left untreated long enough, will result in tooth root exposure. When this occurs, teeth will become more sensitive to cold and heat, and are at an increased risk of being damaged. Gum recession can typically be corrected through a gum grafting procedure.

Patients who are experiencing gum recession typically experience the following symptoms:

  • Tooth sensitivity: When gums recede to the point where the root is exposed, that area becomes sensitive to external stimulus
  • Teeth appear longer: Although the length of and individual’s teeth may be perfectly normal, they appear larger due to the gum not covering them
  • Roots become visible: When gum recession is severe, the roots will be visible
  • Halitosis, bleeding, and inflammation: Three of the most common symptoms of gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease are bad breath (halitosis), gums that bleed easily, and gums that are inflamed

At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we are committed to ensuring you maintain your bright and healthy smile. We are also proud to provide you with the latest dental technology to ensure that you achieve the long-lasting results that you deserve. If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or if you have any questions concerning gum recession, contact us today. We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain that bright, healthy smile that you deserve!


At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs: from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from periodontal check-ups to dental surgery.

Dr. Patel

Gum Recession Causes

Gum recession is commonly caused by the following:

  • Aggressive brushing: Brushing too hard can cause gums to become inflamed, which over time can result in gum recession
  • Use of chewing tobacco: Tobacco use of any kind will have significantly detrimental effects on your oral and general health, but chewing tobacco is significantly more harmful in aggravating the lining of your mouth, which can result in gum recession.
  • Improper oral hygiene: It is important to practice regular oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing twice a day and scheduling regular visits with your periodontist. In addition to providing a deep cleaning, this also allows your periodontist to catch problems before they develop into something worse.
  • Periodontal disease: When periodontal disease is left untreated, it advances from gingivitis to periodontitis. At this stage, gums will begin to recede. If left untreated for too long, the tooth or teeth may need to be extracted.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Some patients are simply genetically predisposed to developing gum recession. If you have this predisposition, it is important to take preventative measures and schedule regular periodontal exams.

Treating Gum Recession

In order to treat gum recession, you will need to schedule an initial consultation, during which we will examine the overall health of your teeth, review your medical history, and determine what treatment options are best suited to your unique needs. If your gum recession is the result of aggressive brushing, your periodontist may simply suggest you purchase a softer toothbrush and adopt a more gentle technique. If recession is due to poor oral hygiene, a deep cleaning may be suggested to remove bacteria and debris from the gums. For patients who have advanced periodontitis, a scaling and root planing procedure may need to be performed in order to clean the teeth and address the inflammation.

Following the treatment of the underlying issue, your periodontist may recommend a gum graft procedure along with gum tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, or Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, all of which can restore the natural symmetry of your gums.


Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence.

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Aftercare Following Treatment for Gum Recession

The recovery period following treatment of gum recession will depend upon the what type of treatment you receive. More intensive surgical interventions may require that you stick to a soft food diet while your recover, as well as medication to relieve discomfort and/or antibiotics to prevent infection from developing. Regardless of which type of treatment you receive, the most important thing you can do to maximize the benefits and longevity of your treatment is to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to practicing consistent and proper oral selfcare, it is also important to schedule regular checkups every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk for developing additional periodontal issues and will continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile.

Gum Recession Cost

There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of treating gum recession, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that will need to be performed prior to or along with this treatment, as well as your insurance plan. Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.

Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:

  • We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
  • Full payment is due after services rendered
  • Payment plan options are available via


To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.

Pinhole Surgical Treatment

Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).

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Laser Gum Surgery

Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.

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Gum Grafting

Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.

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Gingival Contouring

Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.

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Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.

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Schedule Your Visit Today

At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.

If you would like to learn more about gum grafting and/or see if gum grafting is right for you, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (972) 242-7603.

We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!