Gingival Recession: The Root Cause, Root Coverage and Route to Predictable Outcomes

     Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:00pm 

Credits: 1 CE Hour*


Timothy Hempton, DDS: is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts University, a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the recipient of the 2011 Yankee Dental Congress Clinician of the Year award. He maintains a private practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants in Dedham, MA

Gingival recession can increase the risk for root sensitivity, root caries, and a negative esthetic appearance.  In this course we will review the etiology of gingival recession expanding on risk factors such as, orthodontic therapy, biotype, toothpaste/ toothbrush abrasion, restorative therapy, plaque control and occlusion. The rationale and techniques for increasing the thickness of the gingival tissues, widening the occlusal-apical zone of attached gingiva, and root coverage will be discussed. The two classification systems for mucogingival defects relative to predictable root coverage will be presented. Clinical cases involving mucogingival treatment and the potential for root coverage of the natural dentition will be presented. The role of attached gingiva in reducing the risk for recession around dental implants will also be covered.

  • Recognize risk factors for the development of gingival recession
  • Understand the rationale for increasing the height and thickness of attached gingiva
  • Review the Miller and Cairo classification systems for mucogingival defects
  • Compare techniques for increasing attached gingiva and obtaining root coverage
  • Examine outcomes in treated cases and explore reasons for success and failure
  • Determine the need for attached gingiva around dental implants
*Attend all 5 virtual sessions, and receive 5 CE Credits or take courses individually (a la carte) and receive 1 CE credit per each session taken.
Credits will be distributed at the end of the Spring (June 22, 2022).


Ancy Verdier

Ancy Verdier, DMD: is the founder of Worcester Periodontics, a periodontal dental practice located in Worcester , MA where he practices periodontology and implant dentistry. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, DMD and Periodontal residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Verdier is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. He is also a regular contributor to Tufts Practice Based Research Network.