Posted on 11/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
|If your gums have receded too much, there may be only one solution: gum grafts. Generally, receding gums are caused by gum disease and other conditions that damage your gums, teeth, and jaw.
If caught early, these conditions can usually be reversed without too many problems, but if you don't deal with them quickly enough, it may require surgery.
Gum grafting is a very common dental procedure that is often done for those with periodontal disease that has advanced to the point that changing dental habits isn't enough.
What Is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafts require removing some tissue from one part of the mouth and grafting it onto the injured gums. There are three different types of gum grafts. The most common procedure, connective-tissue gum grafts, removes a small bit of tissue from the roof of the mouth and attaches it to the gums so that it covers the exposed roots of teeth.
Another option is free gingival gum grafts. Here, the tissue is removed from your palate rather than the top of your mouth. The third option, pedicle grafts, uses healthy tissue next to the tooth or damaged area.
Which Is Best for You?
The type of gum graft you need depends on how extensive the damaged area is and the overall health of your mouth. We will do a very detailed examination of your mouth before suggesting a type of gum graft. We want to make certain the graft is successful and doesn't create any potential issues.
Why Do You Need a Gum Graft?
You can benefit from having a gum graft in a number of different ways. First, it will stop bone loss and gum recession. Second, it protects the roots of your teeth. These roots may have been exposed as your gums receded, making them more at-risk for cavities and decay. Finally, gum grafts will make your gumline look more even, giving your mouth a cleaner, healthier appearance.
Want to know more about gum grafts? Give us a call today.