The smile is the first thing that many people notice. When you think about the perfect smile, what comes to mind? Most people tend to focus on the teeth. While your teeth are an integral component, your gums are also quite important. Gum recession is a serious issue that impacts the quality of your smile and your oral health. Keith A. Boenning, DDS can restore both, improving your confidence and your quality of life, with a gum graft.
The Roles of your Gum Tissue
Your gums play a very important role in the quality of your smile. This tissue is also very important for your oral health. The gums sit snugly against your teeth, providing a protective seal that prevents bacteria from traveling below the gum line where they can affect the roots of your teeth and the condition of your jawbone. The tissue protects your roots from sensitivity. The gums also help to provide additional stability for your teeth. When you suffer gum recession, your otherwise perfect teeth appear long, which can cause serious aesthetic issues. It can also significantly affect your oral health, increasing your risk for tooth decay, bone loss, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession can be caused by many different issues. These include
What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore a natural, healthy gum line following gum recession. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided to ensure your optimal comfort. Gum grafting involves taking tissue from another area of your mouth, typically the roof of your mouth, and transplanting it over the affected teeth.
In some cases, donor tissue may be used. After harvesting the necessary tissue from the donor site, the tissue is sutured into place over your teeth. As you heal, the tissues fuse, restoring your natural gum line, improving both the quality of your smile and the health of your mouth.
Types of Gum Grafts
There are a few different types of gum grafts that may be performed. During your initial consultation, we closely examine your mouth to determine the best graft to meet your needs. Types of gum grafts include
A gum graft is an effective treatment for improving the quality of your smile and your oral health. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Keith A. Boenning, DDS at (410) 828-1717 today.