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Understanding the Different Types of Gum Grafting

January 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — baltimoreda @ 12:56 am

Model of exposed tooth rootsYour teeth aren’t the only component of a healthy, beautiful smile. Your gums are equally important. Various issues can cause your gum line to recede over time. Although it may not seem concerning initially, it can’t increase your risk of tooth loss and other oral health problems. Not to mention, it can affect the appearance of your smile. Don’t worry. Your dentist can restore a healthy, attractive gum line using a minimally invasive procedure. Gum grafting can treat recession to enhance your dental health.

When Is Gum Grafting Necessary?

Your gums provide a layer of protection over your tooth roots and underlying structures. Unfortunately, several issues can lead to gum loss, like aggressive brushing or flossing habits. Over time, it can cause your gum tissue to shrink from damage. 

Gum disease is also a leading cause of gum recession. The preventable infection destroys your gum line and the supporting structures of your teeth. It can also affect your overall wellness. 

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure used to reverse the damage caused by gum recession.

What is Gum Grafting?

Your dentist will use a numbing medication to keep you comfortable during your procedure. There are a couple of different ways your dentist can get tissue to cover your tooth roots, like from the roof of your mouth or a donor. The tissue is stitched over your tooth root onto the surrounding gums. Over the next few weeks, the tissue will heal, restoring a healthy gum line.

Benefits of Gum Grafting

Gum recession isn’t anything to ignore. Gum grafting provides exceptional benefits, including:

  • Treats Tooth Sensitivity: Exposed tooth roots can cause sensitivity. Covering them with tissue will prevent uncomfortable sensations.
  • Prevents Tooth Loss: Insufficient gum coverage can cause bacteria to gain access to your tooth roots and underline bone, which can ultimately lead to missing teeth. Restoring a high gum line will protect your teeth by ensuring they have sufficient coverage.
  • Improves Your Appearance: Gum recession can also affect the appearance of your smile. Resolving the issue will boost your confidence, so you’ll never have to think twice before showing off your pearly whites.
  • Long-Lasting Results: With good oral hygiene and regular care from your dentist, your results can last for a lifetime.

If you’ve noticed your gums don’t sit as high on your teeth as they used to, don’t ignore the problem. Contact your dentist to see if gum grafting can save your smile.

About Dr. Charlie Ward

Dr. Ward achieved his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has completed advanced education in many specialties. He is a proud member of the Maryland State Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (410) 705-7062.

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