Is Gum Recession Interfering With Your Oral Health and Smile?
Tooth sensitivity, longer-looking teeth and changes to the appearance of your smile are symptoms of a common condition known as gum recession. When gum tissues recede from teeth or implants, the underlying roots or metal implant threads are exposed. Tooth roots do not have protective enamel, and are more susceptible to damage and sensitivity to the oral environment. Gum recession exposes yellow roots near the gums, giving the appearance of longer teeth and an aging smile. When gum recession threatens your smile, gum grafting is performed to regenerate receded tissue, cover tooth roots or implants, and restore a more healthy and youthful appearance.
What Factors Lead to Gum Recession?
- Tooth position
- Thin gum and bone
- Gum disease
- Trauma or injury
- Aggressive brushing technique
- Lip-ties (short or tight muscle attachments)
- Parafunctional habits (teeth grinding)
- Ill-fitting crowns, fillings or dentures
Gum Grafting Treatment Restores a Receding Gum Line
Gum grafting is the process of adding tissue harvested from your own mouth (autogenous graft) or a safe, biocompatible donor source (allograft). The new tissue is placed in areas of gum recession, sutured to surrounding gum and integrates with existing tissue to restore the gum line to a healthier level. We offer a number of grafting techniques to address the gum recession needs of our patients.
Minimally Invasive Tunneling Technique
Using this gum recession treatment technique, Dr. Anderson creates spaces (“tunnels”) beneath the gum tissue papilla. Gum grafting material is then threaded through the tunnels and held in place with sutures. This minimally invasive approach is ideal for treating multiple areas of gum recession.
Coronally Advanced Flap Technique
With this gum grafting technique, Dr. Anderson gently loosens the gum in receded areas and moves this tissue to more appropriate position on the tooth. A connective tissue graft (tissue retrieved from beneath the top layer of tissue on the roof of your mouth) or allograft (sterile collagen) may be used to enhance gum recession treatment success.
A type of coronally advanced flap approach, the semilunar grafting technique creates a half-moon shape incision in the tissue directly above or below an area of gum recession. The center portion is then extended to cover exposed roots, while the corner areas remain attached. Adequate tissue must be available for this gum grafting technique.
Free Gingival Graft
A free gingival gum graft utilizes tissue from within your own mouth (the hard palate), and incorporates this nutrient-rich sample into areas of gum recession.
Lateral Pedicle Flap
This technique sources your own tissue, located directly next to the tooth in need. Dr. Anderson gently frees a section of tissue that is in abundance, and stretches it over exposed root surfaces on an adjacent tooth.
Benefits of Gum Recession Treatment
- Restores normal gum anatomy and health
- Protects tooth roots and implants
- Increases smile esthetics
- Reduces cold and hot sensitivity
- Minimizes incidence of root decay and damage
- Helps prevent bone loss and further recession
Trust the Skill of a Periodontal Specialist
As a periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson has advanced training and expertise in treating gum recession. She applies precision and refined skill to gum grafting procedures, using a vast array of specialized techniques. Certified in IV and oral sedation, Dr. Anderson offers the comfortable gum recession care you need to enjoy a healthy, lasting smile.