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If you suffer from receding gums, not only does your appearance change, but your dental health can be impacted as well. When gums recede, more tooth root becomes exposed, which can cause heightened sensitivity and damage to your teeth. Gum grafting is a simple dental procedure that can effectively rebuild your gum line and protect your teeth from further damage.
Gum recession is a condition in which your soft tissue gradually separates from surrounding teeth. This leaves more of the tooth root exposed, which results in the appearance of longer teeth. Long teeth might not be a problem; however, this may damage the supporting bone beneath, causing your teeth to become less secure and perhaps fall out.
It is important not to ignore gum recession until it is too late. Regular dental checkups are necessary to determine whether or not your gum recession poses a problem to your overall dental health. Gum recession is a gradual process and one that is often difficult for patients to spot themselves. If left untreated, however, gum recession can lead to sensitivity and tooth loss. In order to prevent such damage, gum tissue grafts may be needed.
There are basically three different kinds of gum tissue grafts available: pedicle grafts, free gingival grafts and connective tissue grafts.
Connective tissue grafts are the most common type of gum graft. For this graft procedure, connective tissue is sourced from beneath the palate at the roof of the mouth. This procedure involves cutting a flap of tissue at the roof of one’s mouth and removing the connective tissue from under the flap to be used for the gum graft. This tissue is stitched over the area of the gum line in need of tissue growth.
Pedicle grafts use tissue from around the tooth that needs to be repaired. For this procedure, your dentist will partially cut your gum and pull excess gum tissue over the tooth root that has been exposed. The flap is then sewn into place and left to heal over time. This type of gum graft can only be performed on individuals with ample gum tissue near the affected area.
Free gingival grafts are similar to the connective tissue grafts in that they also use tissue from the roof of one’s mouth; however the tissue sourced for this type of graft is located on the top layer of flesh instead of underneath.
If you suffer from receding gums, a gum graft procedure may be needed to protect your teeth from further damage. Contact our office to schedule a dental exam with us today to see if gum grafting may be needed to correct your gum recession.