Do you feel like your teeth are getting more and more sensitive? Have you noticed that your gums are retracting or your teeth are more exposed? If the answer is yes, then a gum graft might be right for you.
What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft (commonly called a gingival graft) aims to cover the exposed part of the root of the tooth by grafting mouth tissue from another part of your mouth. The most common technique is to graft part of the connective tissue from the palate to the gums surrounding the exposed roots.
A healthy tooth is surrounded by two types of gums: the attached tissue and the loose tissue (also called the mucosa). The attached tissue is directly in contact with the side of your tooth and protects it from food. It is a tissue that it is not loose and it is very resistant to dislodgement. However, when this tissue becomes thinner or more fragile, it undergoes gingival recession and the root of the tooth becomes more and more exposed. Loose gum tissue covers the jaw bone and extends throughout the inside of the mouth, along the cheeks, the lips and the tongue. As its name suggests, it is loose enough to allow the whole of the mouth to move to speak and eat. A gum graft is the solution to repair your gums and avoid the root of your tooth becoming damaged.
What Is Gingival Recession?
Without adequate care, gingival recession can worsen and cause tooth loss. It can also cause hypersensitivity and affect your appearance. There are many factors that cause gingival recession.
Here are some examples:
Why Get a Gum Graft?
A gum graft increases the protection of the root of your tooth and therefore prevents tooth mobility and the loss of one or more teeth.
How Much Time Does a Gum Graft Take?
Gum grafts have an excellent success rate and their benefits last for many years, in most cases, as long as the patient adopts good dental hygiene habits.
Contact the dental care professionals led by Dr. Lynda Tabet at Centre Dentaire Champlain in Gatineau today to learn more about gum grafts.
A gum graft is an optimal solution in case of significant gingival recession. The intervention is performed by grafting the patient’s own oral tissues (usually from the palate) onto the area of gingival recession. The intervention aims to protect the root of the tooth, to prevent tooth mobility and the loss of teeth that comes from it.
Contact Centre Dentaire Champlain in Gatineau today in order to find out if a gum graft is right for you.