Gum or soft tissue grafting is often required if you suffer from receding gums or thin gum tissue. When the gums begin to recede, the roots of the teeth may become exposed, causing sensitivity, a change in the appearance of your smile, and an increased vulnerability to decay. Receiving a gum graft will halt the recession and prevent you from bone loss and/ or tooth loss.
There are multiple reasons your gums may begin to recede, including:
There are three common types of soft tissue grafts. These are:
Gum grafting may sound intimidating, but it’s really quite a common procedure. You may experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery, but this pain can be easily controlled with pain medication and following the post-operative instructions. A free gingival graft may cause a bit more pain, so we may will prescribe you something additional pain medications and make a guard to cover the roof of your mouth during healing to help with the discomfort.
Beware, there are a lot of advertised “quick fix” or “non surgery” gum recession treatments that are being heavily marketed on TV and social media. As some of these techniques can be used on a limited basis, they are frequently used when not clinically indicated and result in failure. The majority of patients that need soft tissue grafting are not candidates for these techniques. Gum recession treatment will likely end up in failure or relapse if not completed by a specialist. Trust your care to a board-certified periodontist.
If you’re experiencing gum recession and would like to know more about gum and soft tissue grafting, please contact Littleton Implants & Periodontics at (303) 797-1211.
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