Gingival recession is a common problem which causes the root of your tooth to be exposed due to the reduction or loss of tissue. Gum disease is usually the main cause of this issue. It is particularly hard to notice until it reaches a certain stage, as it slowly develops overtime. This means it is often more prominent in adults. Still, teenagers and children alike can be mildly affected as a result of poor dental hygiene, aggressive brushing, or genetics. Lost gum tissue cannot be regenerated. However, here at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland, our professionals can help you restore your beautiful smile with a gum grafting procedure.
Why Are Healthy Gums Important?
Apart from its cosmetic value, gums also support your teeth and provide a tight barrier that blocks bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. If you have lost a considerable amount of soft skin due to the recession, your teeth will be prone to an increase of sensitivity to temperature and pressure. Moreover, if left untreated, the accumulation of bacteria can lead to bone loss.
Our team can evaluate your situation to determine if a gum graft is needed. Even though it may seem like nothing at early stages, it is recommended to solve the problem before it further develops to make the process easier and to ensure the best possible outcome.
What Will Happen During a Gum Graft?
The surgery is almost always an autograft, meaning that instead of a donor, tissue from your own oral cavity will cover the exposed space. This is to avoid any risk of infections. Depending on your requirements, a different part of your mouth will be used. Usually, a piece of the subepithelial connective tissue of your palate, with a size relative to the amount of gum that needs to be covered, will be removed and subsequently stitched to the affected area. Unlike the gingiva, the tissue of your palate will completely regenerate afterwards.
The process is fairly quick, and typically local anesthesia will be used to numb the area throughout the whole procedure. Our team will operate delicately so you can feel comfortable.
You should not worry about long-term effects post-op. Your gums and palate are expected to recover within two weeks, although some patients recover sooner than others. While the newly added tissue adapts to your gums, you may feel a bit uncomfortable, but it is just a matter of time until they recover completely and you can go back to normal.
We will provide you with careful instructions on what to eat and how to clean the area during your first days following your procedure, and you will be requested to come back after the procedure so we can monitor your recovery and make sure that the graft was successful. Our professionals will discuss instructions and possible options for over the counter medications if you start to feel pain.
If you or someone you know is experiencing gum recession, please get in touch with us here at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland at (509) 542-9111 today. We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the next step.