When is Gum Grafting Necessary?

Gum grafting is often necessary after severe gum recession has occurred. This can leave the root of the tooth vulnerable and jeopardize the health of the supporting bone. By understanding exactly why gum grafting may be required, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you should seek treatment.

An overview of gum grafting

There are a variety of reasons gum grafting may be required. Whether or not it is needed can better be determined by having a general understanding of what the procedure involves and its intended purpose. The following is everything to know about gum grafting. This includes what it is, when to consider it and how to prevent the need for gum grafting in the future.

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure performed to treat the effects of gum recession. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and applying it to the area where the gums have receded and caused complications. Although it is a type of surgery, the procedure is not really invasive and the entire procedure can be safely and effectively completed in one visit.

Gum grafting provides the patient with increased tooth protection, particularly protection of the root of the tooth. As well as additional support to ensure bone loss does not occur and lead to tooth loss.

When to consider gum grafting

In many cases, gum grafting is optional and the patient simply requests the procedure for cosmetic reasons. But, there are times when gum grafting may be necessary or at the least strongly recommended. Perhaps one of the more common reasons for gum grafting is to further protect a tooth after gum recession has taken place.

When severe cases of gum recession go untreated, it can cause oral health and cosmetic complications. More times than not, it eventually leads to loss of the tooth and the need for a dental prosthesis. However, gum grafting may be desired in patients who feel they have “big teeth” and want to improve the appearance of their smile.

How to prevent the need for gum grafting

The best way to deal with gum recession is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This can be achieved by doing everything possible to reduce the risk of periodontal disease and seeking treatment at the first sign of there being an issue.

When caring for the gums, be sure to brush the entire mouth gently, rather than only brushing the surface of teeth. It is also strongly encouraged to use floss and mouthwash daily. These work to kill remaining bacteria and remove food particles that remain after brushing.

Talk to a dentist about gum grafting

If you experience symptoms of periodontal disease and have signs that gum recession has taken place, then consult with us and find out how we can help you restore the health and appearance of your smile. Here at our dental office, we can walk you through the entire gum grafting process, from the initial consultation to providing aftercare following the surgery.

Request an appointment here: https://www.elcaminodentalarts.com or call El Camino Dental Arts at (760) 692-1065 for an appointment in our Vista office.

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