GUM GRAFTS TO TREAT RECESSION BEFORE ORTHODONTICS
About Soft-Tissue Gum Grafts
The soft periodontal tissues (gums) along the bottom of your teeth are more than decoration; they act as a seal against harmful oral bacteria to protect your roots. When they recede, your gums can leave your roots exposed and in danger of infection from oral bacteria, in which case gum grafting may be the best solution to restoring your periodontal health.
- To determine if gum grafting is necessary, Dr. Everett will perform a comprehensive examination using advanced digital imaging equipment (including cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT)
- To perform your gum graft, Dr. Everett may use tissue from your palate; a more substantial area of your gum tissues; or compatible tissue from another donor source
- Before surgery, Dr. Everett will administer local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, and if you prefer, additional dental sedation to help alleviate anxiety
BEFORE OR AFTER ORTHODONTICS
When teeth are not aligned properly, there is a risk of developing receding gums due to the uneven pressures of your bite. In addition to making you more susceptible to periodontal disease, gum recession can also affect the appearance of your smile. However, orthodontic treatment to correct misalignment can sometimes exacerbate gum recession, as well. Therefore, if Dr. Everett and your team of dental specialists think it necessary, they may recommend soft-tissue grafting before orthodontic treatment to minimize recession while your teeth are being repositioned.
Restore Your Smile’s Frame with Gum Grafting
Gum grafting not only improves your smile’s appearance, but also reduces your risks of periodontal disease and gum recession. To learn more, schedule an appointment by emailing DrEverett@highplainsperio.com, or calling our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.