Gum recession is one of the most widespread forms of gum disease and is common among many adults. The shape, thickness and general health of your gums is often hereditary, but gum recession may also result from the use of certain drugs, poor oral hygiene, bad dental habits, or from certain diseases.
Gum recession involves the loss or recession of gum tissue, which starts to fall away from teeth and make them appear much longer than normal. More than just causing an abnormal appearance in your smile, gum recession also exposes the tooth root, which can cause sensitivity and negatively impact the proper function and health of your teeth and gums.
In the beginning, someone who suffers from gum recession may notice a slight sensitivity in their teeth. If the condition gets worse, however, teeth can become unstable and tooth loss can occur, so it is important to identify and correct gum recession before it is too late.
There are a number of ways to correct gum recession, including gum plastic surgery procedures like gingival grafts. A gingival graft is a procedure that uses live soft tissue to cover the exposed root surfaces and prevent the tooth root from further exposure. Not only does this enhance one’s appearance, but it also eliminates sensitivity and prevents further gum recession down the road.
Gum tissue grafts can be sourced from a number of areas in the mouth, including the palate on the roof of one’s mouth or from soft tissue areas around the teeth. Your dentist will determine the best area to source your gum graft based on your unique situation. The tissue graft is stitched into place and left to absorb into and stimulate the existing soft tissue.
Often gum plastic surgery procedures are done for aesthetic reasons; however, they can be beneficial for the health of your teeth as well. From covering unsightly fillings or a yellowed tooth root beneath the gum line to reducing exposure to sensitive areas of one’s teeth, gum plastic surgery is useful for a number of reasons. Most importantly, however, a gingival graft can prevent the loss of teeth in the future.
Many people suffer from gum recession and they don’t even know it. It is important to spot gum recession as early as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. If you are in need of a dental checkup, suffer from sensitive teeth or gums, or suspect that your gums might be receding, contact our office to schedule your next appointment with us to see what can be done to correct