At Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg, we perform gum grafts, a surgical periodontal treatment that restores the gums’ health to a good condition.
The gums support the teeth, and proper stimulation helps to prevent tooth loss. If your gums are receding, this can result in loose teeth and even tooth loss. Gum grafts help to protect the tooth root and the bone surrounding the root from decay and other damage.
Healthy gums also help to keep bacteria out of your mouth, preventing infection and making it easier to fight bad breath. All of these benefits are important when it comes to maintaining your oral health.
The Benefits of Gum Graft
Prevent Disease in the Teeth and the Mouth
When the tissue along the gum line is thin or missing, the patient is likelier to get gum disease or even lose a tooth. This is because the bacteria in the mouth can attach to exposed roots and cause an infection in the tooth. This can lead to further infection of the bone in the jaw and even the loss of one or more teeth. Restoring the gum line with a gum graft can help prevent this and protect overall health.
Protecting Exposed Tooth Roots and Reducing Sensitivity
By covering the exposed tooth roots, the gum graft helps reduce tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and sensitivity to touch and brushing.
Improving the Appearance of the Smile
The appearance of a smile can be affected by gum tissue recession. It can make the teeth look longer and emphasize the exposed roots more. This can take away from the smile's appearance, lowering self-esteem and confidence. By restoring the gum line with a gum graft, patients can improve the appearance of their smile and boost confidence at the same time.
Restoring Gum Tissue
The grafting procedure helps to prevent gum tissue loss or replace and restore the missing gum tissue, covering the exposed tooth roots and creating a more natural gum line.
The Procedure for Gum Graft
The gum graft procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Using sutures, the graft is carefully placed and secured onto the receded gum area. Over time, the transplanted tissue integrates with the existing gum tissue and heals, restoring a healthy gumline.
After the procedure, patients may experience discomfort or swelling, which can be managed with pain medications and proper postoperative care. Following the dentist's instructions regarding oral hygiene practices, dietary restrictions, and follow-up appointments is essential to ensure adequate healing and successful outcomes.
A gum graft can be an effective treatment option for individuals with gum recession, improving oral health, reducing tooth sensitivity, and enhancing the smile's appearance. If you have concerns about gum recession, visit Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg at 44 S Center St, Suite B, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 656-3008 for more information.