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Gum Grafting in Silver Spring, MD
If you noticed that you have receding gums then you might be asking yourself the question, do I need gum grafting? You might. Receding gums are a common problem that means your gum line is getting shorter, because it’s moving closer to the roots of the teeth. Receding gums are often caused by untreated gum disease and can worsen over time, causing teeth to fall out and bone to deteriorate. And sometimes receding gums are genetic or caused by aggressive brushing or injury. Gum grafting can reverse receding gums so your teeth are protected again and your smile more attractive.
If you have receding gums you may have some of the following symptoms:
• Gums that bleed and swell
• tooth decay
• sensitive teeth (hot and cold temps hurt)
• teeth that appear uneven or overly exposed
Gum Grafting Procedures
Gum grating is a procedure that involves removing soft tissue from select areas of the mouth (or using material from a tissue bank) and placing it where you have receding gums to create a longer, more protective gum line. The teeth will require a complete cleansing to remove tarter buildup before gum grafting. These are the procedures:
Connective-tissue gum grafting
This is the ideal way to cover exposed roots and reverse receding gums.
1. A small flap is made on the roof of your mouth.
2. Some oral tissue is removed from under the flap, and the skin is stitched back in place.
3. The new tissue is affixed to the receding gums.
Free gingival gum grafting
This procedure is best for thickening a naturally-thin gum line.
1. Tissue is extracted directly from the palate instead of from under a flap.
2. The oral tissue is affixed to the receding gums.
Pedicle gum grafting
This procedure can be performed on patients who still have a good amount of soft tissue at the receding gums site.
1. A small flap (pedicle) is cut directly at the site of the receding gums.
2. The tissue is then pulled up or down over the exposed roots and sewed in place.
Gum Grafting Aftercare
Some minor discomfort is normal after a gum grafting procedure and can usually be controlled with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Dr. Kabasela can also prescribe a stronger pain reliever if necessary. Do not floss or brush the affected areas until your gums heal. To control plaque, gargle with the recommended mouthwash. Eat only soft foods like pasta, eggs, gelatin, yogurt, etc.
If you have receding gums, gum grafting may help. Call us today for a consultation and find out if gum grafting is right for you.
Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group, located in Silver Spring, MD, is a Dental Practice who services patients from North Bethesda, MD, Hyattsville, MD, and White Oak, MD. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to
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