Gum Grafting

Has your dentist told you that you have receding gums? Are those teeth that he or she pointed out particularly sensitive? Receding gums affect just under 15 percent of adults and can be due to a number of issues. The process of gum grafting, also called periodontal plastic surgery, can help eliminate symptoms associated with gum recession.

What Is Gum Recession?

Gum recession is the process of receding gums, which means that your gum tissue shrinks, or pulls away from your teeth, exposing more of your tooth structure, and sometimes even the roots of your teeth. Exposed roots can cause discomfort, especially when eating hot or cold foods. Gum recession can affect the esthetics of your smile; it can make your teeth and underlying jawbone vulnerable to harmful oral bacteria; and it can also lead to tooth loss. There are several reasons why adults experience gum recession including:

  • Age
  • Orthodontic issues
  • Periodontal disease
  • Smoking
  • And more

The problem with gum recession is that it happens so gradually, it often goes unnoticed until it becomes esthetically or physically uncomfortable.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting becomes necessary when the damage is irreversible due to periodontal disease, when it becomes physically uncomfortable, if your teeth and bone becomes vulnerable to decay and eventually tooth loss, or when it affects the appearance of your smile.

Gum grafting involves the use of tissue from another area of your mouth, a donor, or tissue-stimulating proteins that encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue. The procedure requires the healthy gum tissue to be surgically attached to the receding tissue. In most cases, however, gum grafting does not cause much discomfort unless healthy tissue is taken from another area of your mouth, in which case, that area may be sensitive or painful until completely healed.

Are You Unhappy With Your Receding Gums?

If your receding gums have become noticeable, or are causing you discomfort, come in for an evaluation. Schedule an appointment with High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Lubbock, TX, today by calling 806-686-1262. We proudly serve all surrounding West Texas communities.