Don’t Let Receding Gums Take Away from Your Smile
A damaged gum line or gums that look like they are disappearing are telltale signs of gum recession. Gum recession occurs most commonly from gum disease, but can also be caused by aggressive brushing, genetics or medications. While unsightly, receding gums can also be damaging to oral health, so prompt treatment is often suggested. Dr. Michael Rose performs gum grafts to repair gum recession and restore health. He uses very precise techniques to replace damaged tissue and create a beautiful new foundation for your teeth.
Why Repairing Gum Recession is Important
Many people seek out gum grafting for cosmetic reasons but fixing a receding gum line offers many functional benefits. Your gums act as a protective barrier against bacteria and debris that would otherwise harm the tooth root. Breaking down this barrier puts you at risk for developing cavities deep below the gum line and other oral health issues that can be very painful. This is why we recommend treating gum recession as soon as it’s detected.
Common Symptoms of Gum Recession
Symptoms of gum recession may be less noticeable at first but even tooth sensitivity shouldn’t be taken lightly. Common symptoms include:
- Teeth looking larger than normal
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Gaps forming around upper areas of teeth
Gum Recession Treatment
Dr. Rose performs a gum graft for gum recession patients and may recommend grafting to prevent the gums from receding further, or to fix a bad case of gum recession. Grafting takes place in our office under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Dr. Rose will use tissue from your own mouth or from a donor source to cover areas of recession. Once the grafted tissue has been completely assimilated with healthy tissue, you’ll have a newly-created gum line and notice that your gums are stronger and healthier overall. The gums will continue to heal and get stronger with proper care months after treatment.