Restore Gum health-Are Receding Gums Aging Your Smile?
Gum recession is commonly associated with periodontal disease. Did you know that 30% of us are predisposed to oral infection, even with impeccable oral care? Gums infected by the bacteria slowly erode, seemingly shrinking down the length of your teeth and while receding gums may seem like a cosmetic issue, they should be corrected as soon as possible to avoid the following:
- Chronic inflammation of the gum tissue
- Tooth sensitivity
- Greater risk of disease and decay due to increased exposure of your tooth surface
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pain and discomfort
When the recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only a minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
To use a self-assessment tool and answer questions regarding recession go to Dr. Merijonhs site and click on the gum analyzer. Dr. George K. Merijohn has an excellent set of explanations and analysis easy to understand, along with FAQ’s that can help answer any questions regarding gum grafting.
After (on the Left) and Before (on the Right) gum grafting
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A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root. In some cases, tissue can be taken from other sources (not the patient) to reduce treatment time and post-operative pain.
Quickly and Conveniently Restore Gum Health
Dr. Sunny Drake offers several different grafting techniques to return your smile to its earlier beauty in a single visit.
Benefits of include:
- Correct receding gums in one treatment
- Treats multiple areas
- Faster recovery
- Little to no downtime
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.