Gum Grafting – Tallahassee, FL
Repair Your Receding Gums
When you smile at yourself in the mirror, do you notice that you look a little “long in the tooth”? Are the teeth that look longer than they used to extra sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? You may be suffering from a degree of gum recession. Unfortunately, your gums will not grow back on their own. However, it may be possible to repair them with gum grafting in Tallahassee. This procedure could be the ideal way to protect your tooth roots and improve your smile’s aesthetics.
Why Choose Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee for Gum Grafting?
- Board-Certified Periodontist
- Gentle, Comfortable Treatment
- Natural-Looking Results
Why Does Gum Recession Occur?
Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is one of the most common causes of gum recession. In its earliest stages, gum disease simply causes the gums to become red and swollen. However, as it progresses, the bacteria that is responsible for gum disease can attack the underlying bone tissue. As the bone shrinks, the gums recede, and bacteria-filled pockets form between the teeth and the gums. If you have gum disease, your periodontist in Tallahassee will treat it before your gum grafting procedure.
Of course, there are other possible reasons for gum recession. A few examples include:
- Bruxism (habitual teeth grinding and clenching)
- Overaggressive brushing and flossing habits
- Lip and tongue piercings that irritate the delicate gum tissue
- A misaligned bite
How Gum Grafting Works
Gum grafting is a procedure wherein Dr. Rasmussen attaches additional tissue to your gums where they have receded. During the healing process, the body integrates the grafted tissue, allowing it to function as a normal part of your mouth. The tissue that Dr. Rasmussen grafts onto your gums may come from the roof of your mouth or another nearby location. It is also possible to use donated tissue from another human.
There are a few different types of gum grafts, including:
- A free gingival graft, which uses tissue from the palate to thicken the gums
- A subepithelial connective tissue graft, which covers exposed tooth roots
- An acellular dermal matrix allograft, which uses donated tissue to add to a patient’s gums
Prior to your gum graft procedure, Dr. Rasmussen will answer your questions about the specific type of surgery that he believes is best for you. He will also give you detailed instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery following your treatment.
Do you believe that you could benefit from a gum graft? Contact our team today to schedule your personalized consultation!