What You Need to Know About Gum Grafting
Your gums function as support and protection for your teeth. They cover the sensitive roots of your teeth and contain fibers and ligaments which help to hold your teeth in place. They also help give you a beautiful smile. But sometimes gums can recede due to aging or diminish due to periodontal disease. Gum grafting is a common procedure to restore your gum tissue. Dr. Christopher and Dr. Mehrdad in Falls Church, VA wants you to know how gum grafting can help you.
Over time, your gums (gingiva) can recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. You may experience gum recession due to:
- Aging and genetics
- Grinding or clenching
- Poor dental appliances
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Poor oral hygiene
- Bad brushing technique
- Using a hard toothbrush
Dr. Christopher and Dr. Lourdes may suggest gum grafting to help with:
- Reducing tooth sensitivity from exposed roots
- Stabilizing and supporting teeth
- Restoring gum tissue lost to periodontal disease
- Improving the health of your gums and supporting bone
- Enhancing the look of your smile
There are several methods of gum grafting, including connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts and dermal matrix grafts.
Connective tissue gum grafts use a sample of tissue taken from underneath the surface tissue on your palate. The tissue is then stitched over the area of gum recession.
Free gingival grafts are similar to connective tissue grafts, except the tissue is taken from surface tissue on your palate.
Dermal matrix grafts use skin and tissue from medical facilities as the donor material. These grafts are common and have the advantage of only one surgery site.
Gum grafting is an important solution to restore vital gum tissue. For more information on the benefits of gum grafting call us at (703) 237-3700.