Receding gums cannot only look unsightly, but this condition can increase the incidence of root surface cavities and damage to these vulnerable areas. If you have receding gums, you should seek treatment immediately. Dr. Dennis Prat can provide you with a gum graft in Oakland, CA.
How Do I Know If I Need a Gum Graft?
- Receding gums can be treated in a number of ways, including receiving a gum graft. You may need a gum graft if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Root cavities
- Root damage
- Gum disease
- Exposed roots
- Uneven gum line
- Sensitive roots
- Long teeth
- Discoloration of the teeth near the gum line
Receding gums expose more of your tooth and root, making your teeth appear longer and adding years onto your appearance. This exposure causes sensitivity and pain due to more of your tooth being unprotected against external stimuli. Once your gum line recedes, it does not grow back on its own. Receding gums can be treated by using a gum graft to return your gum line to a more natural and appealing level. Gum grafts will also improve the overall health of your teeth by protecting your roots against harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
There are three types of gum grafts. Dr. Prat will determine which procedure is best for you and your specific needs. All three methods use donor tissue from your own mouth to augment the areas of recession. Small incisions are made and sutures are used for healing. You will be given post-procedure care instructions as well as any needed medications. You may be limited to a soft food diet for a week after the procedure to promote healing.
Receding gums can be repaired with gum grafting. Call Dr. Prat’s office today to find out more about your gum grafting options in Oakland, CA.