Are you noticing changes in your smile? Gum recession is a gradual erosion of gum tissue that can change the appearance of your overall smile. When you suffer from receding gums, your teeth look longer and eventually, your roots may become exposed. Gum grafting can correct your smile, restoring your gum line to previous levels. However, this receding gums treatment is not a purely cosmetic procedure. Gum grafting can provide a barrier for the teeth, helping to:
- Prevent cavities
- Lessen tooth sensitivity
- Avoid gum disease
- Eliminate root exposure
- Prevent tooth loss
Gum Recession Can Be Fixed
When you have sensitivity and the roots of your teeth are becoming visible, receding gums treatment can help.
The Receding Gums Treatment that Improves Your Smile
While there are several options available, connective tissue gum grafting is the most commonly performed procedure. With this method, Dr. Christopher Long can deliver higher gum levels by transferring your healthy gum tissue to the areas suffering from gum recession. Sutures hold the donor tissue in position as the new tissue integrates with the existing tissue, covering your exposed tooth surface and restoring the health of your gums.
Discovering the Source of Your Recession
Before performing a gum grafting procedure, Dr. Long will want to ensure that the cause of your recession has been resolved. If tissue is grafted without treating the source of the recession, it will only result in continued recession of your new tissue. Most recession is due to periodontal disease, a condition for which Dr. Long can provide you with expert care. Other symptoms of periodontal infection include bleeding gums, gum inflammation, bad breath, loose teeth and bone loss.
Periodontal health is a critical facet of a beautiful, healthy smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Long at Hollyburn Centre Periodontics & Implants in West Vancouver, BC and learn more about your options for receding gums treatment.