Gum recession is a gradual process and may occur over an extended period. If you notice tooth sensitivity, exposed tooth roots, or changes in your gumline, gum grafting may be a solution for restoring your gum’s health.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is an oral surgery that reinforces areas of the gum tissue that have receded. Gum recession affects 4-12% of adults and may go unnoticed until it becomes severe since it’s a gradual process. The exposed roots can be an aesthetic concern for patients, but they’re also sensitive and vulnerable to decay. Gum grafting gives those teeth back the protection they need.
Common Causes of Gum Recession
The leading cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, but several other issues can cause this, including:
- Aggressive toothbrushing
- Poor oral hygiene
- Trauma or injuries
- Tobacco use
- Hormonal changes
- Occlusal Trauma
How Does Gum Grafting Work?
A gum graft procedure can be performed using three different methods, and we will determine the right one for you.
- Connective-Tissue Grafts: During this procedure, a piece of tissue is taken from beneath the skin on the roof of the mouth and stitched into the gum tissue over the exposed dental roots.
- Free Gingival Grafts: This procedure is similar to connective-tissue grafts, but we take the tissue directly from the roof of the mouth without making a flap in the skin first. This option is preferred for patients with thin gum tissue who need additional tissue to enlarge it.
- Pedicle Grafts: If the patient has plenty of gum tissue near the exposed root, they may not need any tissue from the roof of the mouth. Instead, a small flap can be made in the nearby gum tissue to be pulled down or over, covering the exposed root before being sewn into its new position.
Want to Learn More About Gum Grafting in Concord, NC?
If you’ve noticed yourself becoming “long in the tooth,” it might be time to discuss gum grafts at Zsambeky, Chaney, & Associates. Schedule a consultation today, and our talented doctors will examine your gums and determine whether gum grafting can give you back that healthy smile!