Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your teeth look a little too long?
If so, you might be suffering from a condition called gum recession.
Gum recession occurs as a result of bone loss around the tooth. This bone loss is caused by periodontal disease – bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and supporting bone.
When supporting bone and tissue is destroyed, your gums shrink back and expose the tooth root, leaving it vulnerable and sensitive. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to other, more serious dental issues, so it’s best to address it right away.
How Gum Recession Impacts Your Dental Health
When gum recession occurs, pockets form between your teeth and gum-line. This makes it easy for even more disease-causing bacteria to build up, and if left untreated, can severely damage your teeth and even lead to tooth loss.
Once you’ve lost your adult teeth, there is no way to get them back, and you then have to face the issue of getting dental implants or dentures – which is expensive and time-consuming. The easiest way to avoid this is to tackle your gum recession head-on and save your teeth from further damage.
At Rancho San Diego Dental, we address the problem of gum recession with a procedure called gum grafting, which in addition to repairing the problem can also help prevent further bone loss and gum recession from recurring.
How Gum Grafting Works
Gum grafting is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves taking gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and using it to cover the exposed root. By using smaller instruments, incisions and sutures, the procedure typically results in better results, faster healing, and less discomfort than traditional gum surgery.
This procedure can be done for single or multiple teeth. Once completed, it results in reduced tooth sensitivity and an even gum line, making it both a functional and cosmetic procedure.
If you’re worried about your receding gum line, one of our dental professionals may be able to help. Click here to request an appointment, or call 619-312-6669.