Receding gums have several common causes. It may be the result of periodontal disease, brushing your teeth too hard, grinding your teeth at night, and smoking. However, you can prevent needing a gum graft by visiting us for a cleaning to rid of plaque buildup before it can cause gum recession. There are three types of gum graftsthat might be needed in order to correct receding gums:
Connective Tooth Grafts:
During this type of graft surgery, a piece of skin from under the roof your mouth, called the subepithelial connective tissue, is placed over the gums. This closes any exposed tooth roots you may have from a receding gum line.
Free Gingival Tooth Grafts:
Commonly used to thicken thin gums, a gingival tissue graft also uses skin from the roof of your mouth. However, in this case, the skin is directly removed from the top of the roof of the mouth.
Pedicle Tooth Grafts:
Unlike the other two gum grafts stated above, a pedicle tooth graft does not remove skin from the roof of the mouth. Instead, it uses the pedicle tissue from around the tooth to help cover the exposed root. For this type of gum graft to be performed, the person must have excess gum tissue around hisher teeth. Thus, this gum graft can only be performed on some patients.
Once healed, remember to treat your teeth with care because it’s important to maintaining pristine oral health! If you do not, you may run the risk of needing another gum graft. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss and use a mouth wash daily, and visit us forregular checkups!