Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession, which occurs for a variety of reasons including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may want to enhance your smile by covering the roots that make your teeth appear too long. Your motivation for covering the roots may also be because of the sensitivity on hot and cold liquids.
Soft tissue or “gum” grafts can be used to cover the roots or to replace tissue lost due to periodontitis. During this procedure, Dr. Robbins takes gum tissue from the roof of your mouth or a donor source and places it over the exposed root. Gum grafts can be done on one or multiple teeth to reduce further recession and bone loss as well as protecting the root from decay.