The Troubling Effects of Gum Recession
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease (periodontal disease) or suffer from gum recession, the effects on the aesthetics of your smile can be less than pleasing. But there are more serious side effects to receding gums: increased tooth sensitivity, decay, and damage of your now exposed tooth roots. Ultimately, without treating gum recession, you may suffer from loose teeth and even tooth loss. Once receded, your gums cannot “grow back” and will require the help from a highly skilled periodontist like Dr. Edward Segal. In order to maintain a healthy smile and teeth, the gum line must be restored manually and this is oftentimes accomplished through gum grafting.
How Can Gum Grafting Help Restore a Healthy Smile?
Gum grafting is a surgical technique that involves attaching a portion of soft tissue from another area in your mouth, or a donor source, and reattaching it to cover the affected tooth roots. If you have enough gum tissue left near the base of the tooth, a small layer can be partially removed, repositioned over the exposed tooth root, and sutured in place. Each type of gum graft will heal the same way, assimilating and fusing to the original gum line for a seamless smile. Dr. Segal may use plasma rich grown factors (PRGF) to jumpstart the healing process and improve recovery time.
Benefits of gum recession treatment include:
Improved tooth and smile aesthetics
Reduced tooth sensitivity
Healthy gum line
Balanced tooth-to-gum ratio
Reduced risk for decay and damage
Prevents tooth loss and lose teeth
Healthy Gums Make Healthy Smiles
If gum recession is leaving you self-conscious about your smile, or you are concerned about its effects on your oral health, it may be time to visit Dr. Segal. His extensive training and years of experience puts him at an advantage above the rest when it comes to performing grafting procedures. During a consultation, he will assess the state of your teeth and provide you with a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. By using advanced digital technology like the intraoral camera, he can show you the images of your teeth on the monitor in real-time so you can understand your symptoms and our treatment process more accurately. Whether it be gum grafting or the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, you can feel confident that Dr. Segal has your best interests in mind to restore your oral health. For those with dental anxiety, we offer IV sedation along with local anesthesia to help you feel relaxed and be virtually pain-free during the surgery.