Gum recession (also known as “gingival recession”) refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Gum recession left untreated can cause tooth loss. To protect your teeth from the effects of gum recession, Columbia River Dentistry in Vancouver, WA may recommend a gum graft. Gum grafts are used to protect your teeth and teeth roots from the effects of gum recession. The beauty of your smile can also be improved or restored by a gum graft.
There are three types of gum grafts:
- Connective-Tissue Grafts: 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 Grafts: 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.
If you have any questions about gum grafting and you’d like to schedule an appointment, please contact our offices in Vancouver, WA for more.