When gum disease is left untreated and progresses into advanced stages, gum recession can occur. This causes the gumline to shrink and tooth roots to become exposed. This can lead to tooth sensitivity. At Oral Implants and Periodontics, we perform soft tissue and gum grafting to help improve how our patients’ gumline looks and to protect your tooth roots from sensitivity. Our periodontist, Dr. Ting, uses different techniques for gum recession treatment that is customized to every patient.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession occurs when the margin of gum tissue that surrounds a tooth is pulled back. This leads to exposure of the tooth root. Pockets can form between teeth and the gumline, which make it more likely to develop harmful bacteria leading to more advanced stages of periodontal disease. When left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone holding a tooth can be damaged and in severe cases, lost.
Who needs gum grafting?
Patients who have gum recession require gum grafting. When tooth roots are exposed, this puts you at risk for tooth decay, infection, and bone loss. Gum grafts help repair this gum recession.
What is gum grafting?
We use different graft types such as gingival, connective tissue, and pedicle grafts. This While this is a minimally-invasive procedure, we do numb treatment areas with local anesthesia. Our periodontist will make an opening in the gums and gently move receded tissues to where they belong. This helps cover exposed roots too. Returning your gums to a better place protects them right away. Lastly, he stitches the incision shut and has you rinse out with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Minor swelling may occur a few days after gum grafting. This usually resolves it quickly.
Learn how gum grafting surgery can improve your oral health
When you want to learn more about gum grafting, schedule a consultation with our professional dental team by calling 610-550-3333. During a consultation, we can answer any questions you may have about gum grafts. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.