Gum grafting is an in-office procedure performed on patients whose gums are receding. As the name suggests, it involves extending the gums to repair the tissue that has receded. Gum grafting may also be an option for those whose gum line is naturally higher or uneven, to enhance their appearance.
Do you have receding gums? Are you concerned about the way that your teeth appear or are you concerned about losing teeth due to instability? Gum grafting is an excellent solution to keep your natural teeth when you have issues that impact your gum health.
At Dr. Gina Ha & Associates, we perform gum grafting procedures for our patients. The final result is a more aesthetically pleasing smile, healthier, secure the teeth, and better protection of the root which results in decreased sensitivity.
Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors, such as gum disease, traumatic brushing, or teeth grinding. According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease. When the gums recede, they can expose more sensitive portions of the tooth and even the root. This condition can be uncomfortable. In severe cases, recession causes movement of teeth and even tooth loss. Often patients with receding gums will have severe sensitivity due to the exposure of the root.
If you have gum recession, it’s a serious issue that needs to be proactively treated in order to prevent tooth loss. At Dr. Gina Ha & Associates, the first step is to provide a full examination and then discuss the best treatment methods. There are several types of gum grafts which may be used, and we fully explain each treatment type to give our patients the best options for their oral health.
In most cases, a local anesthetic is used during the procedure. There may be some slight discomfort after the surgery as the gums heal. During recovery, you may notice some swelling, but discomfort is usually minimal. Dr. Ha provides all patients with a thorough explanation of recovery tips that includes special instructions about care.
At Dr. Gina Ha & Associates, we offer a full consultation to discuss treatment options. We also assess patients with each routine exam to make notes about gum health. We want our regular patients to be aware of any recession before it becomes an issue. Many patients don’t notice gum recession until they have discomfort because it happens gradually over time. With regular maintenance, we can counsel patients on well care and help prepare them for surgery when it provides the best treatment option.