In many instances, gum recession is active and takes place without a patient even knowing it. If your teeth appear to be getting longer and/or more discolored over time, you may be suffering from gum recession. While the recession of the gums causes obvious distress to the physical appearance of a patient’s smile, it can also cause severe complications with oral health in general and can lead to a greatly increased risk of infection and oral soft tissue disease.
As one of Utah’s only board-certified periodontists, Dr. Jason Nicholson is well-versed in all types of gum recession treatments. The procedure itself takes healthy soft tissue from one part of the mouth (or in some instances, a tissue bank) and relocates it to other parts where the recession has taken (or is currently taking) place. If your smile is in a state of distress, or if you think you may be suffering from gum recession, Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center is the premier choice for world-class gum recession treatment in Provo, UT.
Gum graft surgery is a dental procedure that involves removing tissue from the roof of the mouth or a donor source and attaching it to the area of the gum that has receded. This helps to restore the gum line and prevent further recession, while also protecting the roots of the teeth from decay and damage. At Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center, we use gum grafting as an effective solution to gum recession treatment, which is a common dental problem that can lead to tooth loss and other complications.
During the gum grafting procedure, we use local anesthesia to ensure your comfort, and we carefully place the graft material to ensure optimal results. Experienced in performing gum grafting procedures, Dr. Nicholson uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure a successful outcome and speedy recovery. We take great care to ensure that our patients feel comfortable and informed throughout the process, and we work closely with them to create personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs and goals.
Not every instance of gum recession calls for a gum graft procedure. However, if the recession has gone untreated for years, it is likely a gum graft surgery may be necessary in order to restore the health and function of the oral soft tissue. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth wears away, exposing the tooth root and leading to several dental problems. Not only does gum recession affect the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but it can also cause tooth sensitivity, decay, and even tooth loss. Furthermore, gum recession is often linked to gum disease, which is a serious condition that can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. As the gums recede, they create pockets where bacteria can accumulate and cause infection, leading to gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to more severe stages and even cause damage to the bone supporting the teeth. In these circumstances, a gum graft treatment is often necessary in order to restore health and function, as well as an active biological barrier, back to the oral soft tissue.
Gum recession can cause several aesthetic problems that can impact the appearance of your smile. As the gum tissue recedes, it exposes more of the tooth’s root, creating an uneven gum line that can make your teeth look longer and less symmetrical. This can also cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as pain and discomfort when eating or drinking.
Gum recession can also make your teeth appear yellow or discolored, which can detract from the overall aesthetic of your smile. Over time, gum recession can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and other serious dental problems. Addressing gum recession promptly is essential to prevent further damage and restore the health and beauty of your smile. Dr. Nicholson can evaluate your gum health and develop a customized treatment plan that can help to restore your gum line and enhance the overall appearance of your teeth and gums.
To begin your gum graft surgery, local anesthesia to numb the area will be administered. Dr. Nicholson will carefully remove a small amount of tissue from the roof of the mouth or use donor tissue from another source to graft onto the affected area of the gum. The tissue is then carefully stitched into place to promote healing and support the growth of new gum tissue.
Patients can typically return to their normal daily activities within a few days, although it may take several weeks for the gum tissue to fully heal. Following the procedure, patients will be given instructions on how to care for their gums and maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent further gum recession and ensure the success of the graft. Overall, gum grafting is a safe and effective procedure that can help to restore gum tissue and prevent further dental problems.
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