Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting at Mint Dentistry

Your professional dentists at Mint Dentistry of Woodland Hills offer a procedure known as gum grafting as a solution to treating gum recession that typically results from gum disease. Gum recession can also occur from brushing too hard on a daily basis, or it can be hereditary based on genes.

When is a Gum Graft Needed?
Your gums provide a protective layer over our teeth’s roots. When gums recede, they begin to wear away and effectively pull back from your teeth. In turn, your tooth’s root becomes more and more exposed depending on how severe the gum recession is. This allows bacteria to build up quicker around your tooth, which if untreated, could cause complete tooth loss.

Most people are unaware that they have receding gums because it is a timely process in which your gums recede gradually over time. Often times the first sign begins with an unusual sensitivity to hot and cold foods. In more severe cases, you will physically notice that certain teeth appear to be longer than normal. This is because the gums have receded, exposing more of your tooth to harmful bacteria.

A gum grafting oral procedure is designed to restore your gums back to a normal, healthy state. The procedure either requires tissue to be grafted from the roof of your mouth or it can be taken from a tissue bank, which encourages your mouth to naturally re-grow its own gum tissue. A consultation with your Woodland Hills dentist will reveal which method works best for your case.

Mild gum recession is generally treated with deep cleaning first, before oral surgery is recommended. If deep cleaning is not successful, then a gum graft is necessary to help maintain your teeth as well as your oral health. By restoring your gums to proper size, a gum graft improves the aesthetics of your smile.

Preventing Gum Recession
Gum recession can be easily prevented, usually by following proper dental hygiene protocol: properly brushing twice a day and flossing after every meal. It is also important to see a dentist twice a year to allow for a professional cleaning that goes beyond what a toothbrush is capable of. Treatments are made easier the earlier a problem is caught.

You should always make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as they are much easier on your gums. Aggressive brushing – especially with a hard bristle – will slowly deteriorate your gums over time.

Contact our team today @ 818-716-0297 or simply fill out our contact us form online to inquire more about the gum grafting procedure, gum recession, or other dental services we currently provide.

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