Are you experiencing sensitivity in your teeth to hot or cold food and drinks? Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing? These could be signs of gum recession, a common dental problem that can lead to serious oral health issues if left untreated. Fortunately, there is a solution: gum grafts.
A gum graft is a dental procedure that involves taking tissue from one area of your mouth, usually the roof of your mouth, and placing it over an area where your gums have receded. Gum recession can be caused by several factors, such as brushing too hard, genetics, or gum disease. When gums recede, they expose the root of the tooth, which is more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
The goal of a gum graft is to cover up exposed roots and make teeth less sensitive while also preventing further recession. There are three types of gum grafts: connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle (or lateral) grafts.
Connective tissue grafts involve cutting a flap in the roof of your mouth and then removing some subepithelial connective tissue to attach around the exposed tooth root. Free gingival grafts take only surface-level tissues from the roof without making flaps, while Pedicle or lateral grafting uses existing nearby soft tissues for coverage.
One of the main benefits of gum grafts is that they help to protect tooth roots that have become exposed due to gum recession. When tooth roots are left unprotected, they are more susceptible to decay and damage, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
In addition to protecting teeth, gum grafts can also improve the overall appearance of your smile by restoring a healthy and even gum line. This can boost confidence and self-esteem while improving dental hygiene habits. Furthermore, gum grafts can reduce sensitivity caused by exposed tooth roots. With less sensitivity comes an improved ability to eat comfortably without experiencing discomfort or pain.
Investing in a gum graft procedure can be an excellent way to maintain good oral health while ensuring your smile looks great for years to come.
The procedure for a gum graft involves several steps and techniques. The first step is to determine the extent of the damage to your gums and plan accordingly. Then, your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure.
Next, your dentist will make an incision in either your palate or nearby tissue to obtain a small piece of healthy gum tissue. This tissue will serve as the donor material for your graft. Once removed, this healthy tissue will be carefully stitched onto the affected area using sutures or adhesive material. Your dentist may also use a protective bandage over the area while it heals.
Afterward, you'll need to take extra care of your oral hygiene routine by avoiding hard foods and following specific guidelines from your dental professional on how often you should rinse or brush around that area.
To learn more, visit Stonewall Dental Associates at 8719 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110, or call (703) 368-1000.