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Gum recession

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Gum resession is a problem that affects many adults, especilaly over 40, and can be unsightly if it shows on smiling. In some cases it can be a sign of gum disease (periodontitis) but for others it can be a result over-zealous brushing, thin gums (a thin tissue biotype), tooth grinding (bruxism) and it can also be related to small areas of missing bone (dehiscence). I often look out for these areas of dehiscence on skulls in museums and my next article about the MARY ROSE will demonstrate this.

This lady clearly showed gum recession on the two front teeth when she smiled. One tooth also has a very dark root (dead tooth). We decided to extract the dark tooth and move the canine tooth, behind it, into its position. Often this type of recession that shows on smiling needs a gum transplant from the back of the mouth (free gingival graft) to repair it

There was almost total resolution of the recession on the other affected front tooth (see blue arrow) which is great news as it saved her from an operation with my Periodontist friend.


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MONDAY 23rd March 2020

Yesterday the British Dental Association (BDA) issued advice to Dental Practices in the UK about the potential for spread of COVID-19 from asymptomatic patients within a Dental Practice setting.

The BDA recommends that ‘practices cease routine dentistry and operate an advice and emergency service only’. 

As our priority is the safety of our patients and our staff we are cancelling all routine appointments from today.

Following advice from the BDA we will NOT be fixing loose brackets as this creates an aerosol that could be highly infective. 

We will ONLY see the following problems :

  • If you cannot eat 
  • If you cannot close your mouth 
  • If you are getting ulcers from a long wire
  • If you have completely lost a retainer (not if it is cracked) 

If you have a problem that you wish to ask us about please send us your name, a description of the problem and a good quality photo if possible.

As soon we may only have remote access to the practice please would you contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on Instagram at lakesideortho (rather than by phone) and we will give you advice as soon as we can.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone well during this difficult time. We look forward to catching up with everyone after this is over and normal life resumes. 

Best wishes 

Jonty Meisner and all the Lakeside team