Growing "long in the tooth" is usually used as a term that's reserved for people who are growing older. But did you know that literally growing "long in the tooth" can signify gum recession that can damage the appearance of your smile and your overall periodontal health?
At Pasadena Dental Implants, patients with receding gums and lengthening teeth can find relief with gingival (gum) grafting, the leading periodontal solution for patients with this issue. While under the care of Peter G. Cooper, DDS, patients undergoing gum grafts will have a small piece of new tissue placed where a lack of gum tissue currently resides. This procedure will make their smile look more esthetically appealing while simultaneously improving their periodontal outlook going forward.
Most of the time during this procedure, palate tissue is what's used for a successful gum graft; attaching it to its new permanent location in your mouth is done with careful hands, stitches, and local anesthesia so you won't feel a thing.
If your gums are in the beginning stage of recession you will typically have more options at your disposal for a successful gum graft. One of these options involves migrating gum tissue from another area in your mouth over to the area where the gum recession is more pronounced, helping to even out the appearance of your smile.
Known as a free gingival graft, this procedure tends to take less than an hour to complete and is further backed by an extremely high success rate. Gum grafts not only improve the look of your smile, but also reduce tooth sensitivity while rendering gum recession a thing of the past!
Once you've received a gum graft, your body should naturally begin to create new blood vessels within the grafted tissue to nourish it and assimilate it with your natural surrounding oral tissues.
After you've had a gum graft, remember to brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste at least twice each day to avoid future progressive gum recession. Also, floss daily and attend regular check-ups with your dentist and periodontist.
For more information about why gum grafting can bring your smile lasting solutions, give Dr. Cooper a call today at(626) 796-1241 for periodontal relief in Pasadena, CA!