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When to Consider Gum Grafting
Gum grafting is a treatment that restores receding gums. Our gums are more than just window dressing for our teeth. They cover and, therefore, protect the roots of our teeth and the bones that hold said roots. When the gums recede and expose the parts of the teeth that are supposed to be protected, a person starts to suffer one or more problems.
For starters, receding gums cause teeth to look longer, which is not a good look. Longer than normal teeth age the face. Also, receding gums expose parts of the teeth that need to remain covered.
Take the root of a tooth, for instance. It is not equipped to withstand the kind of pressure and substances that the crown can. Receding gums expose teeth roots to injury, bacterial attacks and substances that burn or sting.
Gum grafting can fix all this, but is it always a good idea? To answer this question, we need more information.
Gum grafting in a nutshell
As the name suggests, gum grafting involves adding new tissue to receding gums so that they can regain their old form. The donor tissue often comes from some other part of the mouth, usually the roof of the mouth. There are a few different ways that dentists perform gum graft surgery:
- The dentist peels away the top layer of the roof of the mouth, harvests the tissue underneath and sews back the peeled-off layer. They will then stitch the donor tissue onto the patient's gums
- The dentist harvests the surface layer from a limited area on the roof of the mouth. They go on to stitch the donor tissue onto the gums
- If the patient still has lots of gum tissue, the periodontist can pull and stretch the gum tissue down over the exposed roots. They will hold the stretched gums in place with stitches
Whenever possible, a periodontist will choose the third option because patients will enjoy a shorter recovery period since there is only one surgical site. Recovery time usually takes a week or two.
When is gum grafting a good option?
Gum grafting is both a restorative and cosmetic treatment. As such, it has several dental applications such as:
- Improving the look of teeth that look too long, which is a way to improve the aesthetic of a patient’s smile and face
- Mitigating and/or reversing the effects of periodontal disease by closing deep gum pockets or replacing gum tissue that has been damaged by periodontitis
- Gum grafting is a permanent way to deal with tooth sensitivity caused by exposed roots
The great thing about gum grafting is that it offers several benefits at the same time. The treatment improves the patient’s smile while guarding against further dental problems.
Let gum grafting restore your smile and your oral health
You need your gums to protect your teeth and to frame your smile just right. Get in touch with us if your gums are failing at either of these things. Have our experienced periodontist take a look at your condition and find out if gum grafting will help you achieve perfect oral health.
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