Gum disease has many devastating effects including severe gum bleeding, tooth decay, and even gum loss. It can also cause your gums to recede, exposing the root of your tooth. When this happens, your oral health is decreased, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity, and you are more prone to tooth and root decay.
A gum graft is a surgery performed by a dentist or periodontist to cover the exposed roots. There are many benefits to this procedure including decreased tooth sensitivity, which eliminates pain and discomfort from hot and cold foods and even the air temperature. It also slows down and stops receding gums from occurring again, keeps your mouth healthier, and makes you feel less self-conscious about your smile and the appearance of your teeth.
During the surgery, the dental professional will take tissue from inside your mouth and cover the tooth’s root. The tissue they use to cover the root may come from the palate, the top of the mouth, or it may be present around the tooth. Your dentist will determine the best place to gather this tissue during your evaluation.
Recovery from this surgery is fairly minor. You may experience some pain and discomfort in your mouth and around the tooth. However, the level of pain you experience is affected by the extent of the surgery and where the tissue was removed from your mouth.
Receding gums are not an oral condition that can wait for treatment. It is vital that your gums are cleaned and regularly examined by a dental professional to keep periodontal disease at bay. The earlier you treat gum disease and your receding gums, the less intense your treatment options will be. Contact us today at Markham 7 Dental and let’s keep your teeth healthy, strong, and beautiful for years to come.
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