Gum Recession & Tissue Grafting
Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina
Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. Sometimes, gum recession is attributed to hormonal changes such as pregnancy, or due to the natural aging process. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment, your Raleigh periodontist can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem.
How Triangle Periodontics repairs gum recession
Gum grafting will cover the exposed roots to protect them from decay, help reduce tooth sensitivity, and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or aesthetics, you will probably receive the benefits of a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health: your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.
Gum recession can be caused by advanced gum disease. When gingivitis goes untreated, gum disease (also called periodontitis) will cause gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets where bacteria can grow and damage the bone that supports the teeth. Gums can also shrink back from the teeth, making the teeth look longer. Teeth may then become loose, fall out, or have to be pulled out by a dentist.
Do I have gum recession?
Gum recession does not happen overnight. You may not even notice that your gums have receded, as it is a very slow, gradual process. However, without a gum tissue graft, recession can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your teeth.
If your dentist has diagnosed you with gingivitis or periodontal disease, it is important to notice if:
- You have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or even to sweet, spicy, or sour foods
- Your teeth appear longer than normal
- Spaces between your teeth seem to grow
- The roots of your teeth begin to show
Ignoring your gum recession not only leads to tooth sensitivity and aesthetic concerns, but your teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay because the dentin layer is exposed.
Gum tissue grafting
When you come to Triangle Periodontics for your grafting procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the areas involved. You may also receive medicine to help you relax. We offer sedation dentistry as well as nitrous oxide as means to help you feel completely relaxed and free of anxiety that may be weighing you down or keeping you from caring for your oral health. We want your experience in our office to be as comfortable as possible, so let us know if there is anything you need during your procedure.
Depending on your specific needs, periodontist Dr. Otis Washington will perform one of the various different types of gum tissue grafts. We offer a traditional surgical method of tissue grafting, as well as our revolutionary PerioLase (LANAP) dental laser that provides phenomenal results. Many factors will contribute to your chosen grafting technique. Dr. Washington can tell you which method will work best for you, your health, and your smile.
To learn more about gum tissue grafting or to schedule a consultation, contact Triangle Periodontics by calling (919) 782-9536.
We welcome patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.