The Major Causes of Gum Recession

Dental Patient Smiling After Her Procedure

Gum recession can seem like it happens overnight because many people do not notice it until the signs and symptoms are evident. Gum recession happens gradually, though. It should not be ignored during any of its stages, including when it first starts. Why? A well-trained periodontist can help a patient reverse gum recession!

To recognize gum recession, you should learn what it is, what causes it, and how an advanced periodontist can treat the condition.


What Is Gum Recession and Why Does It Happen?

The gums play an important role in your mouth. They protect the teeth and bone by creating a special barrier. Without gums, your whole tooth, including the root, would be exposed to moisture, bacteria, and air. So would the bone in your jaw, as well as some of your oral nerves.

Gum recession occurs when the gums start to pull back from their protective position. Some of the reasons that cause gum recession include:

Heredity: Genetics sometimes can be a reason for gum recession. If your mother, father, or siblings have or had gum recession, you may be a candidate for it as well. In the field of periodontics, this can be referred to as “thin bone” or “thin gum.”

Improper Oral Care at Home: Aggressive flossing and brushing can wear down the gums.

Orthodontic Issues: Your teeth can move or erupt outside the bony house where they belong, causing soft tissue to settle or stretch where it does not belong.

Gum Disease: Untreated gum disease destroys healthy gum tissue. As the tissue becomes more diseased, the gums begin to recede.


What Does Gum Recession Look and Feel Like?

When you have gum recession, you will usually have several indications that your gums are not in proper placement.

  • Your teeth seem to look longer over time. As the gums recede, the teeth begin to take on length.
  • You have become more sensitive to hot, cold, and even sweets. For example, when you drink hot coffee, your teeth may hurt.
  • Your gums may bleed or swell, particularly after brushing or flossing.
  • You may feel that your smile looks uneven in pictures.

Each of these signs could point to one or a combination of many factors causing your gum recession, including some unique to your situation and history. Getting a diagnosis from a trusted periodontist will help you find out why your gums seem to be pulling back from your teeth.

At our office, Dr. Lauren Anderson will examine your gums visually and with the assistance of 3D scanning equipment. This allows her to recommend solutions such as soft tissue grafting.


Tell Me More About Soft Tissue Graft Processes!

There are a few types of soft tissue grafts that can solve gum recession. When you work with Dr. Anderson, she will suggest the one that is least invasive and best suited for your case. She will discuss the procedure from beginning to end and explain why she feels it will be advantageous for you.

Excellent care of your gums does not end with a gum graft, though. After undergoing gum grafting, dental patients often continue to visit Dr. Anderson, ensuring that both the patient and doctor are happy with the long-term results.


World-Class Gum Recession Treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Dr. Anderson has dedicated her career to learning innovative periodontal procedures to help her patients. She has published numerous academic papers and given lectures in her field. She also has received countless awards including the Michigan Dental Association Young Dentist Award.

Instead of ignoring or “living with” your gum recession, you owe it to your health to get an educated opinion on ways to treat it. Call Anderson Periodontal Wellness at our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 or fill out an online contact form. You can put an end to your gum recession and open the door to a beautiful new beginning for your smile!

From Peri-Implantitis To A Clean Mouth, A Case Study!

Dental Patient Needing Treatment For Their Peri-Implantitis

Dental Implant With Gum Disease Before
Dental Implant With Gum Disease After

Gum disease can occur around dental implants when bacteria travels down the sulcus or “gum pocket” and causes bone loss.  Dr. Anderson saw our patient P.T. (83 yro female) above for minimally invasive laser gum treatment (detoxifies the implant) and completed a particulate (sand like) bone graft to fill and regenerate the bone defect. Please see the before and after treatment photos where bone has been regenerated by 3 “threads”. Not only did bone regenerate, the surface infection cleared and no longer drains from the gum interface.  When Dr. Anderson evaluates your unique presentation, a 3D CT scan is often taken to determine your response to treatment prior to beginning therapy.  This allows her to tailor your treatment plan and accurately project your response to therapy. After the peri-implantitis is corrected, a follow up protocol is presented to help maintain a healthy status in the future.

Please contact our office Anderson Periodontal Wellness in Bloomfield Hills, MI to reserve time to meet with our periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson. Our team can be reached at (248) 480-4910. We look forward to meeting you!


Mucogingival Defects, What Are They?

Gumline with Mucogingival Defects

Gumline after Mucogingival Defects

Mucogingival defects involve locations where gum is not attached to the tooth but rather mucosa or “cheek” tissue does. These locations are vulnerable to recession as a consequence. Much of the time there are muscle pulls in the area that make this worse, perpetuate the recession and loosen the gum. Although treatment options are tailored to each case individually, free gingival graft procedures are the ideal treatment option as they regenerate lost gum, increases the band of keratinized or “strong” tissue, and displace the aberrant muscle pulls in the area so that the recession does not reoccur.


If you would like to learn more about your case, please contact our office to schedule an examination with Dr. Lauren Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910. She will analyze your presentation, determine if intervention is required and what treatment options are recommended specific to your anatomy.

Bone Grafting Goes Minimally Invasive

Much like how knee surgery of the past has been updated with a less invasive approach involving small incisions and laparoscopic tools, so has bone grafting for the oral cavity. Dr. Lauren Anderson is S.M.A.R.T (Subperiosteal Minimally invasive Aesthetic Ridge augmentation Technique) certified and trained by its founder Dr. Ernesto Lee. With this technique, Dr. Lauren Anderson is able to offer less invasive options to predictably regenerate lost bone. S.M.A.R.T. indications include bone growth prior to implant placement (congenitally missing teeth, ridge atrophy, trauma etc.) and jaw expansion for orthodontic patients who do not have adequate bone thickness to allow for tooth movement.  

bone grafting

In the above image, please note the before and after grafting radiographic images of a patient seeking implant therapy. The jaw bone is surrounded by cortical bone shown as a curved white line (upper image) and is insufficient for implant placement, the new jaw bone as the larger area of white to the lateral of the initial outline (lower image) now a surplus of bone noted for ideal implant placement.  This case, courtesy of Dr. Ernesto Lee, is an example of the results that are routinely reached with this grafting technique. The patient reported little to no discomfort and minimal swelling after the procedure. Bone requires 6 months to heal prior to the next phase of therapy, implant placement. 

For a consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson or to see if you are a candidate for this new grafting technique, please contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.

Got You Covered: Periodontal Techniques for Gum Recession

When the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing tooth roots and making teeth look longer, turn to a dentist who specializes in treating recession- a periodontist. Find out how a periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can treat your gum recession and restore your smile.

What Makes Gum Surgery Worth It?

Appearances aren’t everything, but they can go a long way in elevating your quality of life knowing the foundation structures of your teeth are stable. Most gum recession cases are treated for health reasons and as an added benefit, esthetics improve.

Check out some of the top benefits of having your gum recession treated:

  • Corrects high risk problematic dental anatomy
  • Prevents further recession
  • Can lower teeth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Protects the roots of teeth, which helps protect teeth from decay
  • Improves smiles and can boost confidence
  • Promotes a healthier mouth in general

A Look at Gum Grafting Procedures

Take a look at some of the advanced solutions you’ll find at Anderson Periodontal Wellness:

Coronally advanced flap technique – using small vertical incisions to the gums, the periodontist will carefully advance the gum to cover exposed tooth roots.

Tunneling – this minimally invasive technique entails creating a thin tunnel in the gums, near the site of the gum recession. Graft material is inserted into the tunnel, which is drawn out to cover the exposed tooth roots.

Free gingival graft – this technique involving using donor tissue from another area of the mouth to graft onto the area where your gums are receding.

Keep in Mind

There are many techniques an experienced periodontist can perform to stop gum recession and restore the esthetics of your smile. To get the most of your investment, proper long-term oral hygiene practices are critical. Brushing and flossing techniques will be reviewed to help best maintain your new smile!

Gum Recession in Bloomfield Hills, Mi

Reserve a time to talk with a Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness by phone at (248) 480-4910.

Laser Dentistry: Laser-Focused on Defeating Gum Disease

laser dentistry and gum disease

To address severe cases of gum disease, there isn’t a better combination than an experienced periodontist and traditional periodontal treatment. However, for less severe cases, there is a less invasive option for removing bacteria to preserve the healthy areas of the gums. Get to know laser dentistry and find out why you might opt for laser therapy for your next dental procedure.  Dr. Anderson uses the state of the art BioLase ER/CR:YSGG laser for various periodontal procedures to provide patients with a minimally invasive option.

Just About Pain-Free

With your periodontist using a finely tuned and highly accurate laser to carefully debride diseased gum tissue, you can expect a pain-free procedure and most commonly only mild pain and minimal bleeding at after laser gum therapy.

More Efficient

Armed with a dental laser, a skilled periodontist can precisely remove the etiologic factor of gum disease – pathogenic bacteria and associated toxins – they’re targeting.  Because of how precise and accurate dental lasers are, sutures are typically optional to adapt gum tissue into place after your procedure.


Although each patient has sight variations in anatomy and systemic health, most patients report a short recovery period after laser gum therapy making this procedure an appealing option. With minimal bleeding and need for stitches, many people recover from laser gum surgery in Bloomfield Hills, MI in roughly 24 – 48 hours.


Minimally invasive gum surgery is efficient, effective, nearly pain-free and it provides for a quick rebound after your procedure. It is important to keep in mind that in severe cases of gum disease conventional gum surgery is the most predictable way of reaching periodontal stability.  To keep laser gum therapy available as an option to manage your gum disease, be sure to stay in contact with your periodontist office to catch small problems before they grow into much bigger issues.

More Ways to Fight Gum Disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Take a moment to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness to learn more about your options for treating gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Laser Dentistry: Turning Back the Tide of Receding Gums

laser dentistry used to fight gum disease at bloomfield hills dentist office

Once the stuff of science fiction, lasers continue to find more applications in the medical sector. In the field of dentistry specifically, lasers have been making gum disease treatment more affordable and effective for all.

One day soon, you might have a routine dental procedure done with the help of a strong, yet extremely precise beam of laser light, instead of a drill or a probe. Here’s how that laser light would be used if you were battling gum disease.

Continue reading “Laser Dentistry: Turning Back the Tide of Receding Gums”

Love The Gums You’re With!

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Important Facts and Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Chronic Diseases Linked With Periodontal Disease

Treat Periodontal Disease with Dr. Lauren Anderson

Did you know periodontal disease is linked with many chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, athero-sclerotic cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart problems), arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and psoriasis?  The common link joining these chronic diseases at the most basic level is systemic inflammation.  Doctors and researchers measure this inflammation by the level of biomarkers in the blood including C-reactive protein, chemokines and cytokines (TNFa, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10) among others.  There is increasing evidence supporting these links and today more than ever, periodontists and primary care doctors are working together to reduce systemic inflammation and reduce the risk for and the severity of these diseases.  Evidence shows the systemic benefits of treating oral inflammation from periodontal disease on the rest of the body.   Many of these inflammatory diseases including periodontitis are asymptomatic and require clinical diagnosis. Early detection is critical to reduce your risk.

Ask Dr. Anderson

Your periodontist is a great resource for patient education and triage for medical consultation to comprehensively treat the inflammation connected with periodontal disease.   Meet Dr. Lauren Anderson aims to provide early detection and collaborates with your primary care doctor to provide the treatment you need.

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