If you have gum recession, you will probably notice how this dental issue is affecting your smile. Not only do exposed roots impact your appearance and cause sensitivity, but this recession can also increase the risk of dental complications because of the exposed areas of the teeth. Our team at Ogden Dental Studio offers gum graft treatment and other treatments for periodontal disease.
During a gum graft procedure, we remove a small portion of tissue from another part of the mouth (often the palate) and place it in an area where your gums are missing. The goal is to cover the surfaces of the roots and also prevent further gum recession in that area. Delicate stitches are used to hold the new gum graft in place.
After the treatment, the natural healing functions in the body start working to incorporate the graft. Eventually, a successful graft incorporates with the surrounding tissues, including new blood vessels that grow into place.
One of the most common causes of gum recession is a chronic infection in the gum tissue – known as periodontitis. Good oral hygiene is key to preventing gum disease and recession. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse gum recession, only the option to have dental surgery for the placement of a gum graft.
Not only does our team at Ogden Dental Studio offer gum graft treatments, but we also take a proactive approach to educate each patient about good oral habits to prevent gum recession in the future. Call today to schedule a consultation and to learn more about other dental services you may need.
You will notice minor pain in the area where the graft was harvested (usually the roof of the mouth), as well as the area where the graft was placed. This pain subsides after a few days. Again, it is a minor discomfort – most patients compare it to the feeling of burning their mouth.
In the first week or two, it’s important to eat a soft diet to avoid disturbing or irritating the grafted tissue. Then, after the graft heals, you can eat and drink normally.
Leaving receding gums untreated not only affects the appearance of your smile but there is a higher risk of sensitivity and tooth decay when the roots are exposed. Eventually, severe gum recession can lead to tooth loss. These issues can be avoided using gum grafting treatments.