Gum disease is an incredibly serious condition and can greatly impact your overall health.
When our gums become infected and inflamed, they can begin to recede. This is known as gingival recession, and can lead to a gummy smile and exposed roots. If gingival recession is severe enough, you may need a gum graft.
What is gum grafting?
A gum graft is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves removing healthy tissue from the patient’s mouth near the palate. This tissue is then grafted to where the gums have receded. While it’s preferred to use the patient’s own tissue, donor tissue can be used as well.
What causes gum recession?
There are a variety of different factors that can lead to gum recession. In some cases, aggressive or incorrect brushing techniques can be the culprit. Brushing too hard or too often can take its toll on your gum line. Poor oral hygiene habits may also be the root of the problem. When periodontal disease develops, it can lead to infection in the gum and bone tissues surrounding your teeth.
Another risk factor involves changes in hormone levels. For instance, both pregnancy and menopause can lead to sensitive gums that are more likely to recede.
What are the benefits of gum grafting?
There are a number of benefits to restoring the health of your gums with the surgical gum grafting procedure. This procedure can help protect and stabilize your teeth and roots. It can also help to reduce sensitivity in the gums and restore the look of your healthy smile.
Gum grafting procedures are often very successful. This procedure, combined with improved brushing and hygiene habits, can keep your gums healthy for years to come.
How do I care for my mouth after a gum graft?
It should take about two weeks to heal after the procedure. It is important to keep your mouth as clean as possible while you recover, which includes using mouth rinse frequently to cut down on any bacteria. Your gums will be sensitive while they heal, so try to avoid sticky or hard foods that may be difficult to chew.
Receding gums are more than just unsightly, they can also lead to serious medical issues and can greatly impact your overall health. It is important to treat periodontal disease as early as possible to prevent any further complications. If you are experiencing a receding gum line or any issues with your gums in general, contact us at 614-870-3337 to learn more about your treatment options.