Gum disease may lead to gum recession if not diagnosed and treated in the early stages of development. Gum recession may also occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, overaggressive brushing and the use of tobacco products. This exposes your tooth roots, increasing your risk of tooth loss and other problems in the future.
Common signs of gum recession include:
- Sensitive teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Teeth that look longer than normal
- Inflammation in the gums
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
If you have experienced gum recession, Dr. Erik Palmberg may recommend gum grafting to help you regain healthy gum tissue. Also known as soft tissue grafting, this procedure consists of adding gum tissue back onto the areas of the gums that have been affected. The tissue graft used in your procedure is usually taken from the roof of the mouth or other surrounding healthy gum tissue, though it may also be provided from a tissue bank if needed. Our dentist will carefully stitch the grafting tissue onto your existing gums and may provide tissue-stimulating proteins or other treatments to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
While soft tissue grafting is frequently recommended to treat gum recession, it may also be recommended to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting an uneven gumline or a related issue.
To learn more about how soft tissue grafting in Littleton, Colorado, can improve the health and appearance of your smile and make an appointment with Dr. Palmberg, call us today at (303) 741-4600.