Gum Grafting Northridge
Gum recession is a common problem. It tends to occur gradually, and you may not even notice until your teeth begin to look longer than they used to, or become more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. If your gums have started to recede, our dentists in Northridge may recommend gum grafting.
Several things can lead to gum recession, including:
• Gum disease
• Poor dental hygiene
• Diabetes and certain other illnesses
• Hormonal changes
• Tobacco use
• Aggressive or improper brushing techniques
• Tongue and lip piercings
Before surgery, our Northridge dental office may recommend a special deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During an SRP, the tartar and plaque buildup is removed from the teeth and root surfaces so that the gums can heal. This type of cleaning is also designed to prevent additional recession and promote a healthier oral environment.
Gum grafting is a highly effective treatment that can be needed for extensive gum recession. It restores the receded areas and reduces the risk of future infection. Several types of gum grafts are available. Connective tissue grafts use tissue taken from the roof of the mouth to cover the exposed roots. Free gingival grafts take tissue directly from the palate, and pedicle grafts take tissue from nearby teeth. In some cases, donated tissues can also be used in gum grafting. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients heal quickly and without complication.
Once the gum grafting is complete, the gum recession and bone loss will be stopped, and the symptoms of recession will be alleviated, including sensitivity and root decay. The appearance of your teeth may also be improved with a more even gum line. To maintain your new smile, you will need to follow proper dental hygiene practices. Use a super soft-bristled toothbrush with the correct brushing technique, and floss daily. You may also need to use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
Call our Northridge dental office today to learn more about preventing or treating gum recession, or to schedule your complete periodontal evaluation.
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