When recession of the gingival occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is minor recession, some healthy gingival remains and protects the tooth, so no treatment, other than modifying home care practices, is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Gum recession, when significant can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingival around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedures is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
- Osseous Surgery: Traditionally, gum disease is treated by eliminating the gum pockets. The infected gum tissue is repositioned, and uneven bone tissue re-contoured. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures allows us to regenerate lost tissue and support in appropriate situations
For Existing Sunshine Dental Patients - In the Event of a Dental Emergency Call: (315) 681-0100*
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