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Article: Volume 46 Number 10 Page 966 - November 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 966-977

Periodontics:  Managing the Consequences of Periodontal Diseases/Treatment: Gingival Recession

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Abstract: Gingival recession is a widespread clinical finding that can lead to discomfort, root caries and periodontal problems for some patients, yet be of no consequence for others. There are certain factors which may increase the risk of significant recession, and likewise a range of management strategies exist. The causes, identification, risk factors and treatment options for recession are discussed. This will allow the practitioner to recognize the most suitable treatment options in conjunction with the patient, following an informed discussion and, if appropriate, refer for further care.

Clinical relevance: Whilst gingival recession may be nothing more than a minor inconvenience for some patients, in certain cases it can present a significant problem for patients requiring professional interventions including surgery. This article summarizes the aetiology, diagnosis and management options available.

Author notes: Priya Bahal, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS(Eng), Meenakshi Malhi, BDS, MJD FRCS(Eng), Sajni Shah, BDS, MJD FRCS(Eng), PGCert and Mark Ide, BDS, MSc, PhD, FDS(RestDent), FDS RCS(Eng) FHEA, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, King's College London, London, UK (email:

Objective: To discuss the management of gingival recession when treating periodontal disease.