Receding gums are unappealing. They make a patient look older, and they indicate the presence of gum disease, which can wreak havoc on your oral health and your overall wellbeing.
If you’ve experienced gum recession, Dr. Stephen Weisglass, your Long Island periodontist, can fix this problem.
A gum graft is the most common treatment provided to patients in such cases. With a gum graft, the periodontist removes donor tissue from elsewhere in the mouth, often the palate, and sutures it in the area of recession. Other techniques involve gum tissue adjacent to the area of gum recession. Gum grafts are performed in the office using local anesthetic (along with sedation if the patient desires).
Gum grafts can also address other causes of gum recession, including naturally thin gum tissue or bruxism. If an accompanying oral health condition, like bruxism, is a factor in your receding gums, it’s important to have that other problem treated as well.
Not only does a gum graft restore the smile’s appearance, it also protects the previously exposed roots from attacks by oral bacteria.
In the first few days after your surgery, you will need to adjust your diet and use a special mouth rinse to keep your mouth clean.
Even after you have healed from the gum graft, you need to take steps to prevent a recurrence of gum disease that could lead to more gum recession. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss every night, and use care to avoid an aggressive brushing technique, which can contribute to receding gums. Semiannual visits to the dentist are also a must in the fight against gum disease, as is abstaining from smoking. Your periodontist can give you tips on smoking cessation, if needed.
Receding gums are associated with increased sensitivity in addition to being unattractive. Effective treatments are available, so consult with Dr. Weisglass to learn more about your options.