Reverse the Effects of Gum Recession
In addition to increasing your risk of health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, periodontal disease can cause gum recession. Although gum tissue does not grow back once it is lost, a gum graft can reduce discomfort, help your smile look more symmetrical, and prevent certain side effects of gum disease, including tooth loss.
During this simple surgical procedure, Donald A. Tucker, DDS can place soft tissue from another part of your mouth over your exposed tooth roots. It is one of the many customized restorative treatments offered at our practice serving Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding areas.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Recession
When left untreated, gum disease can cause gum recession, tooth loss, and even bone loss. When your gums pull away from your teeth, they also expose the root of your tooth. The resulting sensitivity can make eating and drinking very painful.
Unfortunately, gum recession is very common. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that 50 percent of adults have gum recession.
Gum grafting, or soft-tissue grafting, restores function and aesthetics to patients' smiles after gum disease has damaged their gum line. The procedure is relatively simple and can usually be completed in one appointment. By restoring health to your gums, soft-tissue grafting can help improve the health of your gums and stop bone loss.
The Treatment Process
Our mission is to provide you with outstanding, high-quality care in a clean, safe, and comfortable setting from the start of your procedure to its completion.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Tucker will numb the treatment area to reduce any discomfort. If necessary, we can also administer sedation in the form of nitrous oxide or oral conscious medication.
Dr. Tucker will gently excise tissue from the roof of your mouth or another area. He will then suture this gum tissue in the areas affected by gum recession.
Soft-tissue grafting is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home on the same day of your procedure. If you received oral conscious sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home after treatment. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately following the procedure and are fully healed within two weeks.
By halting bone, tissue, and tooth loss, a gum graft can help save your smile and reduce the need for future restorative procedures.
Ensuring the Success of Your Surgery
A healthy recovery is key to healthy, stunning results. In addition to avoiding brushing and flossing the treatment site during your recovery, you should avoid smoking and eating foods that are difficult to chew on. Dr. Tucker will evaluate your progress during your follow-up appointment and will also instruct you on how to care for your smile to reduce the risk of periodontal disease in the future.
The Benefits of Treatment
Soft-tissue grafting has many health and beauty benefits, including:
- Reduced sensitivity and discomfort: By covering your exposed roots, a gum graft can help you eat and drink more comfortably and enjoy reduced sensitivity.
- Lower risk of tooth loss: Because exposed roots can leave your teeth vulnerable to decay, covering your toots can lower your risk of decay and tooth loss.
- Improved aesthetics: A gum graft gives you a more pleasing and healthy gum line and can help teeth look more proportionate.
Because the procedure is considered medically necessary, it is usually covered by your dental insurance. Our accounting staff can help you fill out the necessary paperwork to ensure you get the most of your insurance benefits.
Learn More About the Procedure
By halting bone, tissue, and tooth loss, a gum graft can help save your smile and reduce the need for future restorative procedures. If you are experiencing gum recession, you are not alone and you have options. To learn more, call Donald A. Tucker, DDS at (716) 631-9554 or request a consultation online.