Fix Receding Gums
Receding gums are one of the most noticeable side effects of periodontal disease and may be accompanied by tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, and bad breath. You need to have gum recession repaired to prevent further bone and gum deterioration, and to reduce the risk of root surface decay.
Cosmetic Benefits of a Gum Graft
Many people undergo a gum grafting procedure for aesthetic reasons. If your teeth appear very large and you are self-conscious about your smile, you may benefit from a gum graft.
Connective tissue grafts
These are performed to treat root exposure and involve creating a flap of skin in the roof to the mouth, collecting a tissue sample from beneath the flap, and then stitching the excised tissue over the exposed area. Existing gum tissue grows with the grafted tissue to create a new gum line.
Free gingival grafts
These involve excising tissue directly from the roof of the mouth and then attaching the graft to the gums in need. This is commonly performed on patients that have very thin gums.
The grafted sample in this procedure is taken from tissue near the tooth that needs to be repaired and is a preferred method for patients that have plenty of gum tissue available.
You May Need a Gum Graft If:
When you have receding gums, it may be due to periodontal disease, and you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jody Vance in Springfield, MO as soon as possible. You may need a gum graft under the following conditions:
- Root exposure
- Sensitive teeth
- Aesthetic problems
- Gum disease
- Bone loss
- Deteriorating gums