Many people don’t realize they suffer from gum recession because the changes occur gradually, and there are often no associated symptoms. This is why regular dental checkups are so important.
The following symptoms may be indicative of gum recession:
- Sensitive teeth
- Visible roots
- Longer-looking teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath), inflammation and bleeding
Causes of Gum Recession
Dentists diagnose and treat gum recession regularly, and it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis so the underlying problem leading to the recession can be treated.
The most common causes of gingival recession are:
- Overaggressive brushing
- Poor oral hygiene
- Chewing tobacco
- Periodontal disease
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Treatment of Gum Recession
If the gums have eroded due to overaggressive brushing, Dr. Brusky or his hygienist will recommend using a softer toothbrush and a more gentle brushing technique. Those with poor oral hygiene will receive professional cleaning to remove debris and bacteria. If the patient has severe tartar buildup, scaling and root planing will be used to heal the inflammation, clean the teeth, and prevent further buildup.
What Happens After Gum Disease Has Been Detected?
After the cause has been addressed, surgery can restore the gum line. Tissue regeneration or grafting offers excellent results to restore the beauty of the gum line and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease, periodontal treatments, or gum recession, please ask your dentist.
Green Bay dentist Dr. David Brusky and his skilled team at The Center for Dental Excellence, provide patients in the De Pere, Pulaski, Seymour and Shawano areas with a host of dental services. If you need treatment for gum recession, schedule an appointment today by calling (920) 662-1440.
A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery, is the collective name for procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface or thicken the amount of gum tissue with grafted oral tissue.
Exposed tooth roots can result from the gingival recession due to periodontal disease, but there are other common causes, including overly aggressive brushing and trauma. In some cases, it can be caused by moving teeth with braces. Some people are simply born without adequate bone and/or gum over the roots of the teeth.
Major Benefits of Gum Grafting:
- Reduced sensitivity
- Improved appearance
- Improved gum health
What Does Gum Grafting Treatment Involve?
Once the need for gum grafting surgery has been determined, the dentist can provide literature, advice and educational tools to increase the effectiveness of homecare and help reduce the susceptibility of gum recession in the future. A referral to a periodontist would then be made.
The gum grafting procedure is usually performed under local or IV anesthetic, and the exact procedure will depend on whether tissue is coming from the patient’s palate or a tissue bank.
Initially, small incisions will be made at the recipient site to create a small pocket to accommodate the graft. Then a split thickness incision is made, and the connective tissue graft is inserted into the space between the two sections of tissue.
Thin sutures are often placed, and surgical material is used to protect the area during the first week of healing. Uniformity and healing of the gums will be achieved in approximately six weeks.
How Much Does Gum Grafting Cost?
The cost of gum grafting can vary widely from patient to patient since grafting a very small amount of tissue can cost upwards of $1200. However, Dr. Brusky never wants patients to go without life-changing dental procedures just based on cost. You owe it to yourself to talk to Dr. Brusky and his friendly staff about your budget concerns. A gum graft could change your life. Schedule your appointment today.
Current and new patients who are curious about gum grafting should consult Dr. Brusky about this procedure at your next appointment. Our office number is (920) 662-1440.