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Gum Grafting in Paradise Valley AZ

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You don’t have to live with gum recession and an embarrassing smile.

Gum grafting is a common dental procedure that helps to restore the health of your gums and improve your smile. Our experienced professionals use the latest techniques to provide you with the best possible results.

With our gum grafting services, you can get your smile back, and feel more confident in your appearance than ever before. We want to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

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Understanding Gum Recession

Understanding gum recession can be a confusing and complex process. It is important to note that it is not always caused by poor oral hygiene and is often due to age, genetics, tooth position, or other factors.

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Key points to understand about gum recession:

Gum recession occurs when the tissue around the tooth starts to pull away, exposing more of the root of the tooth.

In severe cases, it may cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures as well as an increased chance of cavities.

A dentist can diagnose gum recession with a thorough examination, x-rays, and periodontal probing.

Treatment for gum recession may include scaling and root planning to remove plaque from beneath the gumline; bone grafts that replace lost bone structure; pocket reduction surgery to reduce pocket depths; surgical flap procedures which cover exposed roots with tissue from another part of your mouth; or guided tissue regeneration which encourages new tissue growth in areas where it has been lost.

Proper oral hygiene at home, including brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once per day, is essential for maintaining healthy gums and preventing further recessions.

Common Causes of Gingival Recession

  • Bacterial plaque and tartar deposits, which can accumulate on teeth at the gum line and cause inflammation and attachment loss in the surrounding tissues;
  • Genetic factors, such as having thin or weak gum tissue;
  • Aggressive brushing techniques, which can wear away enamel and irritate the gums;
  • Tobacco products, both smoking and smokeless forms;
  • Poorly fitting dentures or bridgework, which put pressure on the gums;
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth (bruxism), which can cause extra wear on the tooth enamel;
  • Periodontal disease, an infection of the gum tissues caused by bacteria in plaque deposits;
  • Abnormalities in mouth structure caused by developmental issues or surgery;
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy.

These are just some of the potential causes for gingival recession. Other contributing factors include poor oral hygiene habits such as inadequate brushing and flossing practices, acidic foods and drinks that erode tooth enamel over time, misaligned teeth that trap more food debris near their base than straight teeth do, certain medications that reduce saliva production (which helps protect against bacterial growth), and oral piercings that can rub against delicate soft tissue.

TREATMENT OF GUM RECESSION

Treatment of gum recession is the process of restoring gum tissue that has been lost due to periodontal disease, aggressive tooth brushing, or other causes. Treatments may involve reshaping the tissue and bone around the teeth, as well as grafting new tissue onto the affected area.

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a variety of techniques available for treating gum recession:

  • Allografts – Soft tissue grafts that involve taking donor tissue that has been processed and treated and transplanting it to cover exposed root surfaces. This technique can also be used to reduce further recession.
  • Connective Tissue Grafts – Connective tissue grafts involve taking a small amount of connective tissue (with its own blood supply) from underneath your palate or another site and transferring it to the affected area. This helps thicken and strengthen existing gums while covering exposed areas.
  • Free Gingival Grafts – Free gingival grafts involve taking a small strip of healthy gum tissue, typically from the roof of your mouth, and surgically placing it over recessed gums in order to restore lost tissue.
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Regardless of which treatment you choose, it’s essential you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully in order to ensure optimal results and minimal discomfort during recovery time. To prevent further damage caused by gum recession, it’s important you take good care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing as well as regular visits with your dental professional for checkups and cleanings.

FAQ

Frequently Ask Questions

Looking for answers about gum grafting treatments in Paradise Valley? Check out our FAQ section for all your questions!

 

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure in which a dentist will use a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or other sources to replace or cover parts of the gum line that have receded or have been damaged due to periodontal disease, physical trauma, or aggressive teeth brushing. This procedure can help improve the overall look of your smile and also protect exposed tooth roots, helping to reduce sensitivity and protect against further damage.

The duration of the procedure can vary depending on how many areas are being treated and the complexity of the work being done. However, most gum grafts are completed in one office visit that can last anywhere from an hour to two hours.

Your dentist will use local anesthesia during the procedure to ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment. Afterwards there may be some soreness and discomfort but this should resolve within a few days with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen taken as directed.

Recovery time depends on several factors including how many sites were treated, severity of recession before treatment, size of tissue grafts used, as well as individual healing capacity. The healing site will be ugly for 1-2 weeks as the tissue heals and remodels. However, most people are able to return to their normal activities within 1 week without issue.

Though rare, complications such as infection at the incision site or an allergic reaction to the material used in the procedure may occur; however they are usually easily treated and resolved quickly by your doctor if identified early enough. Additionally, because this is a surgical process there may also be some scarring at the affected area which can take several months for full resolution even after all healing has occurred internally.

Yes; depending on your case your dentist may advise you come back for checkups at regular intervals so they can check that healing is going well and make adjustments if necessary. In some cases these checkups may involve photos as part of diagnostics and care planning for future treatments if needed in order to ensure optimal results from your initial surgery visit(s). 

Yes; though it is best to avoid eating foods that are rough, crunchy or sticky for several weeks until full healing has occurred inside your mouth. Additionally it is important to avoid smoking, as this will impair healing, and may cause the graft to fail.

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