recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense
against both bacterial penetration and trauma. Gum recession is
also a type of bone loss, which eventually leads to tooth loss.
When gum recession is a problem gum reconstruction or regeneration
using grafting techniques is an option. Questions about Gum Grafting
in Palm Beach, Forida? Call our office for a consultation.
there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains
and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying
home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches
the mucosa (movable cheek tissue), the first line of defense against
bacterial penetration is lost.
gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold
foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Also,
gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession
and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading
to root caries and root gouging.
graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue
is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent
areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth.
The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed
portion of the root. The site in which the tissue graft is taken
usually feels like trauma from a pizza burn for a few days.
graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy
band of attached tissue around the tooth.
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