Have you noticed that some of your teeth are beginning to look a bit longer than usual? Or maybe you have a couple of teeth that are particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages? If so, then the problem may be that your gums are receding and some of your teeth’s roots are exposed. Gum grafting in Worcester helps to prevent further gum tissue loss, so you can once again have a smile that is healthy and attractive.
What Causes Gum Recession?
More often than not, gum recession happens as a result of periodontal disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that gradually destroys soft (gum) tissue as well as the connective and bone tissue lying underneath your gums. Insufficient brushing and flossing, as well as hormonal changes, certain illnesses and your genes all influence your risk of developing gum disease and consequently gum recession.
Other reasons for gum recession are:
- Brushing too forcefully
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- An improper bite that puts unusual pressure on your teeth
A more recent cause for gum recession is tongue and lip piercings, which can irritate gums and gradually wear away tissue. Dr. David Handsman, Dr. Abraham Haddad and Dr. Todd Jenny caution patients to consider the very real oral and general health consequences of having a piercing in or around the mouth.
Correcting Gum Recession
If you have only minor gum tissue loss, then the solution may be to simply alter your oral hygiene routine at home or to see your dentist for a deep cleaning. Also called scaling and root planing, this procedure removes plaque and tartar, the two hallmarks of periodontal disease. Once removed, your gums are better able to heal and further recession is less likely.
In more severe cases of gum tissue loss, gum grafting may become necessary in order to repair the affected tissue and prevent further infection, including root cavities and root gouging.
During a gum graft, Worcester periodontists Dr. Handsman, Haddad or Jenny removes a small section of tissue from another part of your mouth, usually the roof or palate. This tissue, or graft, is then sutured over the area of exposed root.
In addition to stopping the advance of gum recession, a gum graft will also give you a more natural looking gum line, so you can speak and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth are healthy and attractive.
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To learn more about the advantages of gum grafting in Worcester, contact Handsman & Haddad Periodontics.