Gum recession can cause physical discomfort such as sensitivity to hot and cold as well as esthetic issues. If the condition becomes more severe, the root of the tooth can become exposed, potentially leading to root caries and root gouging.
If you’ve experienced more severe gum recession, you may be a good candidate for a gum graft. This treatment can help restructure the gums. This will help prevent bacteria from penetrating to the root of the teeth, causing further damage.
Gum grafting treatment involves a thin piece of tissue being taken from the roof of your mouth or from adjacent areas of your gums to re-stabilize the damaged area and protect the root of the tooth.
Over the course of time, if you’re missing teeth, the jawbone in those areas can atrophy. This can create issues with both the quality and quantity of suitable bone when it comes time for the placement of implants to replace the missing teeth.
The bone can be taken from your own jaw, or potentially from a tissue bank. This treatment can create the stability in your bone that is required to insert implants and allowing you to have the smile you want.