When you have a serious case of periodontal disease, this could lead to receding gum tissues. This not only changes the appearance of your smile, but could lead to an increased risk of tooth loss. But our team can help correct the appearance of your smile. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist’s office talks about gum grafting.
The Causes of Gum Recession
Why do our gums begin to recede? When we develop periodontal disease, this could lead to soreness, redness, and bleeding in the gums. As the issue grows in severity, the tissue could begin to pull away from the teeth and expose sensitive root structure. The recession also makes your teeth appear longer. When you notice these changes to your gums, please let us know right away. Our team can conduct a detailed examination with advanced digital images to assess the threat to your smile and to plan treatment. Even if you have major recession, we can help with a gum grafting procedure.
The Dangers for Your Smile
These receding tissues don’t just pose a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, the exposed portions of the roots could develop painful cavities and infections. The changes to your gingival tissue could also indicate you’re reaching the late stage of periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, in which the risk of tooth loss increases significantly. While periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can be managed with good oral hygiene habits and preventive treatments, which keep it in a manageable stage and also safeguards the appearance of your smile in the process.
Bone grafting involves adding new tissues to the jaw to correct the impact of untreated tooth loss and help prepare smiles for dental implant placement. Gum grafting is similar, in that we will gather tissues from other portions of your mouth and attach them to the exposed portions of the teeth. The tissues then bond with the gums and provide a new covering for the teeth. In the process, we also remove harmful bacteria and plaque deposits, so healthy structures attach to the teeth to reduce periodontal pockets and bring the disease into a more manageable state. We can use this to stop bone loss and prevent sensitive or aching teeth too!
If you have any questions about how we approach gum grafting or about prevention for periodontal disease, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a whole and beautiful smile.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Improving Your Smile
We would like to make sure your gum health doesn’t lead to missing teeth. To find out more about improving your periodontal health, or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.