If your gums have receded because of periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Almost half of adults 30 and older in the United States have gum disease. At Periodontist of Weston in Weston, Florida, periodontal specialist Tamir Segal, DMD, and his exceptional team offer gum grafting to restore your gumline and return your beautiful smile. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.
Gum grafting is a standard dental procedure that restores receding gum tissue lost to gum disease. Restoring gum tissue is important: it helps hold your teeth in their proper place. When left untreated, gum disease and gum recession can eventually lead to permanent tooth loss.
During gum grafting, Dr. Segal takes healthy tissue from other areas of your mouth and uses it to restore your receded gumline.
The most common causes of gum disease and a receding gumline are:
You might also have a receding gumline if you brush your teeth too vigorously using a firm-bristled toothbrush.
Gum disease can cause the following symptoms:
The earlier you seek treatment for gum disease, the easier it is to treat. You might not need gum grafting if it’s detected in the early stages.
Dr. Segal reviews your oral health history and examines your gums and teeth before determining whether you’re a gum grafting candidate. He also takes dental X-rays before creating your treatment plan.
Dr. Segal numbs the treatment area before doing a gum grafting procedure. He offers the following:
Connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts are common. Dr. Segal removes tissue from the top of your mouth and stitches it into your gum tissue to increase its surface area.
During lateral grafting, he uses grafts from other parts of your gums, stretching the tissue to cover a more significant portion of your teeth.
Your gums will probably be sore or swollen after gum grafting, but taking over-the-counter pain medicine can ease discomfort during the healing process. Be gentle with your gums when brushing your teeth, and call Dr. Segal if you have any questions during recovery. As your gum tissues heal in the next few weeks, you’ll begin enjoying your new beautiful gumline.
Call the Periodontist of Weston office or book an appointment online today to learn if gum grafting is right for you.