If you or someone you care about has receding gums, Dr. James Matia is a leading periodontist in the Wooster region who can repair this condition with a gum graft. Receding gums happen for many reasons, such as gum disease, genetics, cavities, accidents, and illness to name a few. Receding gums expose the root surfaces of the teeth, which can make them appear misshaped or excessively long. Gum recession also places the exposed teeth at risk for damage.
Gum grafting is one way that Dr. Matia helps patients improve and protect their smiles. By taking soft tissue from other areas in the mouth, or a donor source, and attaching it to the receding gums, the teeth can look normal and healthy again.
Different grafting procedures for Receding Gums
- Connective tissue grafting: This is the most common grafting procedure. A small flap is created on the roof of the mouth so that soft tissue can be extracted from beneath and attached to the receding gums to extend the gum line.
- Free gingival grafting: For patients who have receding gums and very thin gum tissue, Dr. Matia will take soft tissue directly from the mouth roof, instead of creating a flap, and attach it to the area in need.
- Pedicle grafting: If a patient still has a good deal of soft tissue near the area of receding gums, Dr. Matia may decide to cut a flap right there in the gum line and stretch the tissue over the exposed roots.
What to Expect After a Gum Graft
Patients usually have some tenderness after gum grafting, and pain medicine can help. A soft food diet is also recommended until the gum tissue heals. To help fight plaque, Dr. Matia will prescribe a special mouthwash to rinse with instead of brushing and flossing. You will be advised as to when you should resume normal brushing and flossing in the areas that have been treated.
Receding gums can be repaired with a gum grafting procedure from Dr. Matia, a leading periodontist in the Wooster region. Call us today for your consultation.