If you have gum recession, your dentist might have suggested a gum graft to correct the areas of low tissue volume. Your gums provide a perfect barrier to protect your teeth against bacteria. With gum recession, the tissue has been destroyed or worn away, exposing your roots to external stimuli. This stimulation is what causes the severe sensitivity that can accompany receding gums. It is important to seek treatment for gum recession in order to restore your oral health. Arlington Periodontics is a periodontal office offering patients gum grafting in Arlington, TX.
Gum recession can happen very gradually but is still one of the most noticeable side effects of periodontal diseases. When the gum tissue wears away, it exposes the root surfaces, causing sensitivity and an unsightly appearance. Teeth can appear to be very long or have large black spaces in between them. Without proper protection from your gum tissue, your teeth are exposed to bacteria that can colonize and cause infections leading to root decay, structural damage, and even tooth loss.
There are three different types of gums grafts. Your doctor will determine which method is best for you depending on your specific dental needs and the degree of any possible bone and gum disease. All grafting methods are surgical procedures involving the necessary incisions, sutures, and donor tissue typically sourced from your own mouth. After the procedure, you will receive any needed medications and it is possible you will be put on a soft food diet for about a week. Most patients are able to return to work in a day or two.
Do I Need a Gum Graft?
Gum recession can be restored on a single tooth or multiple teeth, and a graft may be needed if you have:
- Periodontal disease
- Root cavities
- Cosmetic concerns
- Sensitive teeth or roots
- Root exposure
- Gum and bone tissue loss
Do not lose your teeth to gum recession. Call Arlington Periodontics to find out more about your options in Arlington, TX for treating receding gums.