Gum recession occurs when the gum tissues that surround the teeth pull back or wear away. This exposes more of your teeth or even the tooth roots. Receding gums cause pockets to form between the teeth and the gum line, which makes it easy for bacteria to form and build up. This bacteria can cause disease and infection.
If you have receding gums, Dr. Dustin may recommend a gum graft in Portland, OR. Gum drafts can stop the recession from continuing; it can also help prevent you from losing some of the bone and losing the tooth, as well as prevent decay. A gum graft offers numerous benefits such as protecting your mouth health, taking care of sensitivity in the tooth and helping you eat comfortably. Gum grafts can also improve the appearance of your smile.
There are three types of gum grafts:
- Connective-Tissue Graft: This is the most common procedure. Tissue is taken from under the skin on the roof of your mouth and then stitched to the gum tissues around the exposed tooth root.
- Free Gingival Graft: It is similar to connective-tissue graft; however the tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gums.
- Pedicle Grafts: These are used when the patient has plenty of gum tissues near the tooth. A flap of tissue is precisely dissected and released, retaining its connection to its nutrient (blood) supply, and slid sideways to cover the root.
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