Have you noticed your gum tissue sits lower on your teeth than before? Maybe your teeth are looking larger, and you aren’t sure why? It could be the result of gum recession. This occurs when the gingival tissue shrinks away from the teeth, which can be caused by a variety of issues, like advanced periodontal disease, injury, or aggressive brushing habits. No matter the reason, it can lead to several oral health problems, including sensitivity and even tooth loss. We can save your smile and stop your discomfort with gum grafting in Colorado Springs, CO.
A gum graft is often recommended to protect your teeth after suffering gum regression. As the tissue surrounding your teeth pulls away from your tooth, it can expose the root. Initially, you might experience tooth sensitivity, but over time, you will have an increased risk of cavities. You may even lose teeth because your supporting bone can be destroyed.
It’s best to treat a receding gum line at the first sign of a problem. Unfortunately, since it’s a gradual process, as much as 12% of adults aren’t aware that they have an issue until it reaches severe stages. At this point, a gum graft is in your best interest to save your smile.
After an initial consultation with your periodontist in Colorado Springs, you’re scheduled for your procedure. A small incision is made into the tissue near the area of recession. Donor tissue from a bank or another area of your body is inserted into the site and stitched into place. Over the next 6 weeks, your gum tissue will fully heal to restore a healthy, attractive gum line.
There are 3 common types of gum grafts that are used:
As an alternative to taking tissue from the roof of your mouth, there are instances where we may recommend using a donor bank. We will determine which option is best for your specific needs.
Restoring a healthy, beautiful gum line offers many benefits, including: