Gum Grafts North Hollywood
Teeth can start looking longer as you age, but this is not a normal part of the aging process. Gum recession can be due to gum disease, aggressive brushing techniques, or hereditary factors. Without treatment, it could lead to sensitivity, root decay, and tooth loss. If you have a receding gum line, our North Hollywood team might recommend gum grafts.
Before undergoing any grafting procedure, you might benefit from a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During an SRP, the plaque buildup between your gums and teeth is cleaned and the surfaces of your roots are smoothed over. This helps control the bacterial infection associated with gum disease and starts the healing process.
Gum grafts can then be used to repair the damage and prevent more serious infections. They also reduce tooth sensitivity associated with a receding gumline and can reduce the risk of root decay. After the graft, you can expect a more even gumline and more cosmetically appealing smile.
If you have a receding gum line due to gum disease or other factors, you might be a candidate for gum grafts in North Hollywood. Several types of grafts are available, including:
• Connective tissue grafts, which use tissue from the roof of the mouth to treat one or more areas of gum recession
• Free gingival grafts, which use tissue from the palate to cover exposed roots
• Pedicle grafts, which use tissues from nearby teeth
Most patients heal quickly after this procedure. Good dental hygiene using the proper technique is critical. Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste two times a day, and use an interdental cleaner or floss to clean between your teeth. We will show you the best way to brush while your gum tissue is healing. We might also prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash to fight bacteria and promote healing. Once your grafts have healed, continue practicing good dental hygiene and schedule periodontal maintenance cleanings as recommended.
Call our dentist in North Hollywood today to schedule your appointment, discuss gum grafts, or learn more about your options.
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