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What Is Gum Regeneration?


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Smile More Spokane Family Dentistry
Patient smiling in mirror at Smile More Spokane Family Dentistry in Spokane, WAThe foundation of a healthy smile lies not just in strong teeth, but also in healthy gums. When gum tissue recedes, it exposes the sensitive root surface of your teeth, leading to increased sensitivity, pain, and even tooth loss. Gum recession can be caused by various factors, including periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, and even genetics.

Fortunately, advancements in dentistry have made it possible to reverse the effects of gum recession through a process called gum regeneration. This minimally invasive procedure aims to restore lost gum tissue and protect the underlying structures of your teeth.

In this blog, we'll delve into the world of gum regeneration, exploring what it entails, the different techniques involved, and the potential benefits it offers for your oral health.

Understanding Gum Recession


Imagine your gums as the protective barrier around your teeth, safeguarding them from external threats. When this barrier starts to recede, it exposes the vulnerable root surface, leading to a cascade of problems.

The exposed root surface is significantly softer than enamel, making it more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Additionally, the gaps created by receding gums can trap food particles and plaque, further exacerbating the problem.

Gum recession can manifest in various ways, from mild exposure of the root surface to significant loss of gum tissue, affecting the aesthetics and function of your smile.

Restoring Your Smile with Gum Regeneration


If you're experiencing gum recession, don't despair. Gum regeneration offers a ray of hope for restoring your healthy smile. This procedure aims to rebuild lost gum tissue and protect the exposed root surface. There are two primary approaches to gum regeneration: surgical and non-surgical.

Surgical Gum Regeneration


Surgical gum regeneration involves a more invasive procedure, where a periodontist (a specialized dentist) carefully lifts the gum tissue and grafts new tissue to the exposed root surface. This new tissue can be taken from your palate or another donor site. The grafted tissue adheres to the root surface and promotes the growth of new gum tissue, effectively covering the exposed area and restoring the protective barrier.

Non-Surgical Gum Regeneration


Non-surgical gum regeneration is a less invasive approach that utilizes special gels or membranes to stimulate the growth of new gum tissue. These gels or membranes are placed over the exposed root surface and act as a scaffold for new tissue to develop. While non-surgical techniques are less invasive, they may not be suitable for all cases, especially when significant gum recession is present.

Benefits of Gum Regeneration


Gum regeneration offers numerous benefits for your oral health, including:

•  Improved aesthetics: Regenerated gums restore the natural contours of your smile, enhancing its appearance and boosting your confidence.
•  Protection against tooth decay: By covering the exposed root surface, gum regeneration reduces the risk of cavities and protects the sensitive root structure.
•  Reduced sensitivity: Regenerated gums provide a protective barrier, minimizing sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages.
•  Improved gum health: Gum regeneration addresses the underlying causes of gum recession, promoting overall gum health and preventing further recession.
•  Preservation of teeth: By protecting the root surface and preventing further bone loss, gum regeneration helps preserve your natural teeth, reducing the need for extraction.


Gum recession can be a detrimental issue, affecting both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Thankfully, gum regeneration offers a promising solution, restoring lost gum tissue and safeguarding the health of your teeth.

If you're concerned about gum recession, consult your dentist to discuss the best treatment options for your specific needs. Remember, early intervention is key to preventing further damage and preserving your oral health.
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