If you have been told by your dentist that you need a gum graft, you may be wondering what this procedure involves and why it is necessary. A gum graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth and grafting it onto your gums to cover areas where the gums have receded. Gum grafts are the perfect treatment option for those with damaged gum tissue. The entire process sounds a little scary and can be quite difficult to understand for those without much knowledge about periodontitis.
Here are some of the most common reasons to get a gum graft:
- Gum disease treatment: Periodontitis can leave your gum tissue severely damaged. It causes gums to recede, exposing the tooth’s root, which in turn damages the tooth, resulting in tooth loss. “Gum disease is a common condition that can cause your gums to recede,” says Dr. David Mugford of the Mugford Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants in Crofton, MD. “Gum grafts are the perfect treatment option for those with damaged gum tissue. The entire process sounds a little intimidating and can be quite difficult to understand for those without much knowledge about periodontitis.” If you have advanced gum disease, your dentist may recommend a gum graft as part of your treatment plan.
Gum recession: Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, and genetics. When your gums recede, the roots of your teeth become exposed, which can lead to tooth sensitivity, decay, and eventually tooth loss. A gum graft can help to cover these exposed roots and prevent further damage to your teeth.
- Cosmetic reasons: If you have receding gums, you may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. A gum graft can help to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence.
- Preventing further damage: When your gums recede, they expose the root of your tooth, which can lead to further damage and infection. A gum graft can help to prevent this by covering the exposed area and protecting your tooth from further harm.
- Tooth sensitivity: When your gums recede, the roots of your teeth become exposed, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. A gum graft can help to cover the exposed roots and reduce sensitivity.
Better oral hygiene: When your gums recede, it can be more difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean. A gum graft can help to restore the natural contour of your gums, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Benefits of Gum Grafts
You will need to come in for an evaluation and consultation before we determine which gum graft procedure will be ideal for you. Whatever the procedure may be, gum grafts present several benefits for oral health as compared to other procedures and treatments. Here are some key benefits:
- Covers and protects your teeth and its roots. Exposed roots can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Reduces Tooth Sensitivity – Exposed roots and teeth are generally more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- Improves your smile’s visual appearance. Gum recession may leave your teeth overexposed, which can turn your smile unattractive.
- Reduces the risk of tooth decay and tooth damage.
- Improves the appearance of your gum line, making it look more even and aesthetically pleasing.
“If you are experiencing gum recession, it is important to talk to your dentist about your treatment options,” says Dr. Mugford. “A gum graft may be the best solution to protect your teeth and restore the appearance of your smile. With proper care and maintenance, a gum graft can provide long-lasting results and improve your overall oral health.”
A gum graft is an extensive surgical procedure but is ideal for you if you want to protect your oral health. As such, you will need to come in for a detailed examination and consultation before beginning the treatment. If you want to know more about the health benefits of gum grafts, visit us at The Mugford Center for a consultation. Call us today for an appointment: You may reach us at our Crofton Maryland office at: (410) 260-0790.