How a Gum Graft Can Help You Recover from Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the United States. In fact, according to some estimates, it affects roughly half of the adults in our country. In its early stages, its effects are not very noticeable. As it progresses, however, it can lead to gum recession and other devastating consequences. Have your gums receded due to periodontal disease? Let’s discuss how gum disease therapy, along with a gum grafting procedure, may be able to help your smile make a full recovery.
Addressing the Underlying Infection
Gum disease is an infection that occurs when harmful bacteria invade the gums, leading to inflammation. If the condition remains untreated, the bacteria may eventually affect the underlying bone as well. As the bone and gums continue to suffer attack, the gums shrink back. Not only does this affect the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, but it also exposes the tooth roots and puts the individual at risk of tooth loss and extra dental sensitivity.
Fortunately, effective gum disease therapy options are available. These treatments, which might include a deep cleaning of the mouth, antibiotics, and/or surgery, aim to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. Once the infection is under control, your dentist may recommend that you undergo a gum graft procedure.
How Does Gum Grafting Work?
Gum grafting is a procedure that replaces lost gum tissue. It is usually performed by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in all treatments that relate to the gums. During the surgery, the periodontist takes tissue from another part of the mouth (or donor tissue) and attaches it to the area where the gums have receded. Over time, your body will integrate the grafted tissue and allow it to function as a normal part of your smile.
The results of gum grafting are natural-looking and have the potential to last a lifetime as long as you care well for your mouth.
Is a Gum Graft Really Necessary after Periodontal Disease?
After your periodontal disease is under control, the gum recession should stop. However, damaged gum tissue will not grow back on its own. Without a procedure to build up your gums, you may find that your exposed tooth roots continue to cause sensitivity and make it difficult for you to enjoy hot and cold foods. You may also be self-conscious about the fact that your teeth look disproportionately long. A gum graft will protect your tooth roots and enhance your smile’s aesthetics.
Are you recovering from gum disease? A gum graft might be a key part of helping your smile to regain its health and recapture its original beauty.