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Author: Dr. Andre Saadoun

Treatment of Gingival Recession: Part 2 of Achieving Esthetic Predictability in Periodontology – 2 Part Series


Gingival recession is a common periodontal problem that occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth recedes, exposing the tooth root. It can lead to aesthetic concerns, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss if left untreated. In this second part of our two-part series on achieving esthetic predictability in periodontology, we will explore the various treatment options available for gingival recession and discuss important considerations for successful treatment.

Treatment Options

1. Connective Tissue Grafting

Connective tissue grafting is a commonly used technique for treating gingival recession. It involves taking a small piece of tissue from the patient’s palate or another donor site and grafting it onto the exposed root surface. The grafted tissue helps to cover the recession and restore a more esthetic appearance.

2. Enamel Matrix Derivative

Enamel matrix derivative is a regenerative material derived from porcine enamel that can stimulate the growth of new periodontal tissues. It is often used in conjunction with connective tissue grafting to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

Minimizing Trauma and Promoting Healing

1. Fewer Incisions

Minimizing trauma to the patient during gingival recession treatment is important for faster healing and better vascularization. Using fewer incisions during surgery can help achieve this. By minimizing the number of incisions, the overall trauma to the tissues is reduced, leading to a more comfortable post-operative experience for the patient.

2. Proper Root Surface Cleaning

Before grafting the connective tissue, it is crucial to ensure proper cleaning of the root surface. This involves removing any plaque, calculus, or diseased tissue that may be present. A clean and smooth root surface promotes better graft adherence and enhances the success of the treatment.

Stabilizing the Connective Tissue Graft

Achieving successful treatment outcomes in gingival recession requires proper stabilization of the harvested connective tissue graft. The stability of the graft is crucial for ensuring its survival and integration with the surrounding tissues. Techniques such as suturing, tissue adhesive, or membrane placement can be used to stabilize the graft and promote optimal healing.


Gingival recession can significantly impact the esthetics and overall oral health of individuals. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available, such as connective tissue grafting and enamel matrix derivative, which can help address this problem. Minimizing trauma during surgery, proper root surface cleaning, and stabilizing the graft are important considerations for successful treatment outcomes. By following these principles, periodontal professionals can achieve esthetic predictability and provide optimal care for patients with gingival recession.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to recover from gingival recession treatment?

The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of the treatment. In general, most patients can expect a complete recovery within a few weeks.

2. Are there any risks or complications associated with gingival recession treatment?

Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with gingival recession treatment. These can include infection, bleeding, swelling, and temporary sensitivity. It is important to discuss these risks with your periodontist before undergoing treatment.

3. Will my insurance cover the cost of gingival recession treatment?

Insurance coverage for gingival recession treatment can vary depending on the individual insurance plan. It is advisable to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for the specific treatment option recommended by your periodontist.

4. How long do the results of gingival recession treatment last?

The results of gingival recession treatment can be long-lasting, especially when proper oral hygiene practices and regular professional dental care are maintained. However, individual factors such as oral habits and periodontal health can influence the longevity of the treatment outcomes.

5. Can I prevent gingival recession?

While some risk factors for gingival recession, such as genetics and age, cannot be controlled, adopting good oral hygiene habits and avoiding habits such as aggressive brushing and tobacco use can help minimize the risk of gingival recession. Regular dental check-ups are also essential for early detection and intervention.

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