Receding gums at the outer surfaces of the teeth cause the neck of the teeth to become exposed and sensitive. This is known as gum recession, and it is the loss of bone support of the gums. In contrast to periodontitis, this type of bone loss is not usually caused by bacteria. Rather, it is caused by a delicate bone anatomy in the region, excessive pressure from pressing or grinding, as well as other factors.
Using periodontal surgical techniques, exposed tooth necks can be covered with gum graft procedures to stop further deterioration and for esthetic and functional rehabilitation. Studies carried out by Zucchelli have shown a high-rate of success for this periodontal plastic surgical procedure. We have been carrying out this intervention for many years using a microsurgical suture technique and can confirm the findings of Zucchelli’s studies.