Many times, when patients begin to be overly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures it is because the gums have receded, and the root has been exposed. Becoming sensitive to a certain temperature is a gradual process. Gum grafting can help maintain gum tissue. Come see us at Mor Smiles for an evaluation.
Causes of Gum Recession
There are quite a few causes of gum disease, the biggest being oral hygiene. Although genetic disorders, illness, prescription medications, and hormonal changes can all have an impact on gum health. Smoking and the use of other smokeless tobacco products can be harmful as well. Teeth grinding, poor brushing and flossing habits are also contributors to gum recession.
It is important to have professional cleanings on a regular basis which will prevent bacteria and tartar from building up which start the gum recession. Gum grafts are the most widely used treatment option as it repairs and helps to prevent further infection of the gums.
Different Kinds of Gum Grafts
There are different types of gum grafts. The first is known as a free gingival graft where a small section of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and applied to the area in need of a gum graft. This type of procedure can stop gums from receding further and build back up thinning gum tissue.
The most common type of gum graft is the connective tissue graft. This involves taking a connective bit of tissue from the top layer of gum tissue and applying it to the area in need.
A pedicle graft is the last type of gum grafting and takes a flap of gums from either side of the affected area. This is the most effective type of procedure because it does not halt blood flow however a great deal of gum tissue is needed to perform this procedure.
None of the grafting procedures take very long and can typically be completed in a single office visit. Patients will likely rinse following their procedure to ensure a clean mouth and cut down on the number of bacteria.
Gum grafts are a viable treatment option to prevent further recession of the gums and help with maintaining bone mass as well as protect the sensitive roots. The grafts also even out the gum line and help with overall dental health.
Preventing Gum Recession
To prevent gum recession, it is imperative to use accepted brushing and flossing methods that will keep bacteria from taking hold and forming plaque. Many times, there are no symptoms and patients do not even realize they have receding gums until a professional examines them and provides an evaluation. It is important to watch for the signs such as chronic bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums in odd places along the gumline.
Patients who have questions and think they may have receding gums should contact us at Mor Smiles to make an appointment so we can properly assess the entire oral cavity and make recommendations. We are available by phone too at 223-258-5088 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your treatment. Call us today to get things started so we can treat you accordingly.