Even scarier than the statistics about gum recession is that most people with receding gums don’t even know it until it becomes a serious problem. Luckily, you can treat receding gums and maintain the health and aesthetics of your smile with gum grafting.
Gum grafting refers to a category of surgical periodontal procedures that aims to protect your smile from the damaging effects of gum recession. There are two main types of gum grafting surgery: free gingival graft and connective tissue graft.
Free Gingival Graft
This graft is designed to thicken thinning gums when there is no tooth root exposure. By thickening the gum tissue, your gums are more resistant to infection. Additionally, the free gingival graft helps to prevent further gum recession.
Connective Tissue Graft
This graft is designed to treat cases where tooth root has been exposed. The graft is used to cover the exposed tissue and help reestablish the proper gum contours within the mouth. The success of the connective tissue graft typically depends on the amount of bone loss in the area where the exposure has occurred.
Both free gingival grafting and connective tissue grafting serve the purpose of treating gum disease. However, the type of gum grafting that is used depends on each unique situation, the degree of gum disease, and specific needs.
Signs of Gum Recession
A gum graft may be recommended to prevent tooth loss if you begin to experience the following:
- Your teeth appear larger than normal
- You experience an increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Your teeth are at an increased risk for decay due to root exposure
- Your teeth begin to loosen or shift out of place
Are you experiencing any signs of gum recession? Then make sure to contact our experienced dental team at Premier Dentistry to schedule your consultation today.