Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. There are many causes of gum recession including periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, anatomic susceptibility, and tooth position. If recession progresses without treatment, it can lead to esthetic compromises, tooth sensitivity, tooth decay on roots, or even tooth loss. Recession does not always need to be treated. Therefore, it is important that an examination be completed to identify the potential risks for future progression. Soft tissue grafting is the most common treatment for recession. During this procedure, Dr. O'Neal will move healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate), and restore the tissue in the area of recession.