Gum recession is an issue that can be repaired using gum grafting techniques. This important procedure can help protect your teeth from the symptoms and complications of gum recession and improve the appearance of your smile. Find out more about gum grafting surgery and what it can mean for you with Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA, serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.
What is gum grafting?
Gum grafting is a procedure which focuses on treating receding gums. This somewhat common condition causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. The process advances slowly and many people do not realize they have receding gums until their condition is serious. The process exposes the tooth’s root which can cause sensitivity and look unsightly.
Do I need gum grafting surgery?
Gum recession is normally not obvious until it is in its later stages. However, if you have gums which pull slightly up from the teeth, you could have gum recession. Some other, sometimes more subtle symptoms of gum recession include:
- bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- unexplained bad breath
- loosened teeth
- red, swollen gums
- painful gums
- exposed tooth roots
What can I expect from gum grafting treatment?
Before performing the procedure, your periodontist will numb the treatment area to ensure you do not feel any discomfort or pain. Depending on the type of graft, your dentist will remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth, the connective tissue from underneath the tissue on the roof of the mouth, or gum tissue directly next to your graft area. They then cover the exposed tooth root and secure the new tissue in place. The procedure usually takes about an hour and requires only a short recovery time. During the healing process, your dentist will recommend eating soft foods and use a special mouthwash. You should also avoid brushing or flossing in that area until you are cleared to do so by your dentist.
Gum Grafting Treatments in Lexington, MA
Leaving your gum recession untreated can lead to serious dental complications. For more information on gum grafting, please contact Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA. Call (781) 862-4550 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rosen today! He proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.