October 2, 2018
Have you noticed changes to your gum line over time? Does the tissue no longer sit as high on your teeth exposing more of their surfaces? You may suffer from gum recession. The changes can make you feel insecure about your smile, and you may also live with new challenges, like tooth sensitivity. You can create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and enjoy your favorite foods again with gum grafting in Southlake. The dental surgery is a quick and simple way to restore a healthy, beautiful smile.
Why are My Roots Exposed?
The roots contain nerve pulp, boney dentin, and hold your teeth in place. Your gum tissue acts as a protective covering to seal out bacteria and provide your teeth with support. As a result, your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth; however, it can be compromised. There are several factors that cause the tissue to recede over time, such as:
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Aggressive brushing habits
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Misaligned teeth
- Tooth grinding or bruxism
- Periodontal disease
Do I Need Gum Grafting?
When the tissue no longer sits correctly on your teeth, it negatively impacts your oral health and leads to an array of symptoms, including:
- Pain or tooth sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold foods and drinks.
- Your teeth appear longer than before.
- The roots are visible.
- Your gums are red, swollen, or bleed.
- Pain, aches, or twinges while eating or drinking.
To stop the discomfort and to reinstate your oral health, gum grafting can help. If the problem is not corrected, it increases your risk of gum disease, bone loss in your jaw, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
What Can I Expect with Gum Grafting?
Soft tissue grafting is a safe and effective treatment to correct the issue. Now, new advancements in dentistry make the procedure less invasive. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to promote a pain-free process.
There are three different methods that can enhance the gum line:
Connective Tissue Grafts
Tissue is removed from under the top layer of the roof of the mouth and stitched to the treatment area.
Free Gingival Grafts
Tissue is taken from the top layer of the roof of the mouth and stitched to the existing gum.
A graft of tissue is taken from around the tooth that needs to be treated. It is partially cut away while keeping one edge intact. It is stretched over and down to cover the tooth and stitched in place.
In some cases, tissue from a donor may be used as well.
Save Your Smile with Gum Grafting
You do not need to live with the challenges of gum recession. You can enhance your smile and your quality of life with gum grafting.
About Dr. Cindy Hsu
Dr. Cindy Hsu specializes in periodontics, dental implants, and oral medicine to help her patients achieve optimal dental health and functions. She offers advanced services, like gum grafting. If you are ready to improve your smile, she can help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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