Gum recession happens when the gum tissue recedes, or wears away, from the tooth, and is often recognized by sensitivity, loose teeth and teeth appearing longer than the others. This common periodontal concern is most often due to gum disease, but can also result from aggressive tooth brushing, genetics or medications. While it may not seem like a big concern, untreated gum recession can lead to moderate or severe tooth sensitivity, decay and infection.
Our board certified periodontists offer soft tissue, or gum, grafting as an effective gum recession treatment option. Gum grafting is a proven way to restore health to the gums and teeth and improve aesthetics due to an uneven gum line. Seeking treatment sooner, rather than later, can improve gum recession treatment success and get you on track for a healthier smile.
My Gum Grafting Procedure Alleviated My Exposed Roots And Discomfort
Many patients who suffer from gum recession experience sensitivity, especially to cold. The reason is that once the gum tissue is gone, the root of the tooth is exposed. The root isn’t built to withstand temperatures the same way the enamel higher up on your tooth can. It’s also rougher and softer than the rest of the tooth, so food particles adhere to it easier and develop decay and infections more easily. When teeth lack adequate protection, they can also be more susceptible to mobility and tooth loss. Gum recession treatment is necessary to halt the progression and eliminate symptoms.
Robert had a connective tissue graft treatment at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants
Our gum grafting gum recession treatment can restore gum levels back to an ideal location. Our expert Chattanooga, TN periodontists will either take a sample of gum tissue from another part of your mouth like the palate, or we can provide you with synthetic donor tissue. We’ll then attach the healthy tissue to the needed areas and hold it in place with sutures as it heals to conform with your mouth. After gum surgery, you may experience some swelling. Applying a cold compress over the area can help, as well as taking medication as prescribed. Gently swishing with warm salt water several times a day will help as well. Be sure to closely follow the post-op instructions that we go over with you. After healing a couple of weeks, you’ll return for a checkup so we can make sure the graft was successful.
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