What is a Gum Graft?
If your dentist has recently told you that you need a gum graft, it may have come as an unpleasant surprise. Gum Recession is when your gums start pulling away from your teeth. It’s a common dental problem that goes unnoticed.
Who Does Gum Recession Affect?
Between 4% and 12% of adults are affected. It can be caused by hard tooth brushing, smoking, or periodontal disease. If you’ve noticed that your teeth look longer, or if you have increased sensitivity to cold, sweet or spicy food, you may be affected by Gum Recession.
Gum Recession Treatment:
Luckily, a gum graft is not nearly as intimidating a procedure as it sounds! Since receding gums can make you look older, many patients opt for the procedure to restore their youthful-looking smile. After an examination and depending on your specific circumstances, your dentist will opt for one of several gum grafting techniques. He may opt to graft gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, from around the tooth or from a tissue bank.
Before & After a Gum Graft
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Effects After a Gum Graft:
At New Smiles, our doctors will give you specific instructions for postoperative care. The discomfort has been described as the equivalent of a hot pizza burn. You should be able to return immediately to work and your normal activities. Treating gum recession early on can help prevent problems like tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, decay, and reduce your chances of contracting a more serious gum disease—as well as bring back your gleaming, healthy smile!