When the roots of your teeth are exposed, you may be faced with severe sensitivity. Your risk for developing root cavities also increases. Root exposure happens because of gum recession. Receding gums are a common sign of gum disease. This issue can also happen because of aggressive brushing habits, bruxism, or poorly aligned teeth. Once your gums have receded, the tissue cannot grow back. However, Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help cover the roots with gum grafting.
Why Do I Need to Cover My Tooth Roots?
One of the biggest issues caused by root exposure is tooth sensitivity. This can make eating and drinking just about anything incredibly uncomfortable. Even breathing in air through your mouth can hurt. Your risk for cavities increases with root exposure and your teeth lose some of their support. Covering your roots will help to reduce, or even eliminate sensitivity. Root coverage helps to improve your oral health, and can also help to improve your smile.
Connective Tissue Grafting
A connective tissue graft is a common solution for treating gum recession. With this type of graft, we harvest tissue from the roof of your mouth. To get the tissue that we need, we make a small incision in your palate. The tissue used for this type of graft, the connective tissue, is then removed from underneath this flap. We then stitch tissue to the gums around the exposed roots.
Free Gingival Grafting
A free gingival graft also involves harvesting tissue from the roof of your mouth. Rather than taking the subepithelial connective tissue, however, this particular graft involves taking tissue directly from the palate. This particular type of graft is not as frequently used for root coverage. Instead, it is often used for those with already thin gums or who need extra tissue to make the gums larger. Like a connective tissue graft, after harvesting the tissue from the roof of your mouth, the tissue is sutured over the affected roots.
Grafting with AlloDerm
AlloDerm is a different type of tissue grafting. Instead of using tissue from your mouth, we use tissue from a tissue bank. With AlloDerm, we use only the dermis layers. This layer does not contain any DNA, but it does contain the framework that allows for regeneration and throughout your life. Your cells are incorporated with the AlloDerm material. This enables the growth of your healthy tissue. In addition to improving your gum line and covering your roots, AlloDerm also allows for faster healing. You do not have to worry about extra surgical wounds.
Root Coverage Around Dental Implants
Sometimes, to improve the aesthetics of dental implants, a gum graft is needed. Otherwise, the implant posts might be exposed. These posts are typically silver, which can ruin the appearance of your restorations. A gum graft can help to cover the posts of your dental implants, helping them to look perfectly natural and improving the overall quality of your smile.
Your gums might not be able to grow back after gum recession, but the issue can be treated. Call Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at 508-441-4154 today to learn more.