Gum recession is a very common oral health problem. Unfortunately, once gums have receded, they do not grow back. However, there are treatments available that can replace missing gum tissue and restore your looks and oral health. One common surgical treatment is a gum graft. Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure designed to help patients with thinning gums or gum recession. It commonly involves taking a piece of soft tissue from a different part of the mouth and then grafting it onto the missing gum tissue. Sometimes donor tissue or a synthetic tissue replacement is used.
What causes gum recession?
Gums can recede for various reasons such as:
- Brushing too hard or aggressively. Aggressive brushing can cause harm especially if you are not using a soft toothbrush.
- Plaque/tartar build up. When plaque builds up on teeth, it can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities.
- Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease involves an infection and inflammation of the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
- Tobacco use. Smoking makes it difficult to fight off infection of the gums and weakens your immune system.
- Teeth grinding/bruxism. Continuously grinding your teeth puts pressure on your gums which can lead to gum recession.
If you have further questions or concerns about your gums, Dr. Still is here to help. Call us to make an appointment today!