Gum recession, the movement of the gum line down the root of a tooth, is one of the most noticeable effects of periodontal disease.
Whether it is one tooth or many, it’s important to have gum recession repaired as gum tissue is the primary natural defense against bacteria and trauma. Without adequate gum tissue around the teeth, bacteria can cause gum disease, bone and gum deterioration, and even tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Recession:
- Root sensitivity
- Inflammation of the tissues
- Root exposure
- Esthetic concerns
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
During a gum graft, a thin piece of tissue is taken from the back of the mouth and gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
A bone graft is the replacement of missing bone around the teeth. Restoring the bone gives you back functionality, esthetic appearance—and a confident new you. When you’ve lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, decay, or trauma, the bone around the missing tooth may begin to deteriorate to such an extent that there may not be enough bone to place dental implants. Fortunately, we now have the ability to grow bone where we need it, so you can get the dental implants you need and a smile you can be proud of.
Following any dental procedure, a periodontist will provide detailed instructions on how to achieve the best possible recovery. Recovery times will depend on the extent of the procedure taking place
Typically, people will require pain relief medications in the days after gum surgery. Again, the dentist will talk to the person about any recommended drugs before they leave the office or surgical center.
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