Gum Recession Treatment

Treatment to Reverse Gum Recession

Don’t Ignore Your Receding Gums

If you’ve noticed your teeth feel more sensitive or appear longer, you may have gum recession. Aside from minor discomfort, receding gums don’t seem to pose a threat. Unfortunately, this condition is progressive and can actually lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss, especially since many cases of receding gums are a result of gum disease. While other causes exist, including aggressive tooth brushing or soft tissue trauma, seeking the expertise of a periodontist is beneficial for the health of your gums and teeth. We provide comprehensive treatment options for gum recession in Ocala and Crystal River, FL, including traditional gum grafting as well as minimally invasive tunneling and the Pinhole® surgical technique. Our skilled periodontists, Dr. John Darby and Dr. Timothy Johnson, are experts in soft tissue treatment and are certified in minimally invasive techniques and tissue regeneration services. With expertise in gum recession treatment, we can restore the health of your gums and give you a more attractive smile that will be stronger than before!

signs of gum recession

  • Longer looking teeth
  • Dark spaces around teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
gum recession graphic
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Change in bite

Specialized Gum Recession Treatment


Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that uses a tissue graft to cover the exposed tooth roots. Tissue grafts can either be taken from a donor source or from the palate (roof of the mouth). The graft, which involves incisions to be placed at the treatment site, is sutured to the gum tissue and allowed to heal over 4-6 weeks.


Tunneling technique

The tunneling technique reverses gum recession without the need for incisions. With special tools, a space is created between the gum tissue and the bone, then a tissue graft is placed behind the gums and sutured in place. Healing is faster as no incisions need healing.


Pinhole® Surgical Technique

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting. Using specialized tools, a small “pinhole” is created in the gum tissue so that the gums can be repositioned back over the teeth, without incisions or grafts. The technique is fast and effective, with a quick recovery and no grafts or sutured tissue needing healing.

Don’t wait to treat your gum recession!

dental patient smiling after gum recession treatment