Over time, bacteria eat away at the healthy gum tissues (the gingiva) and cause the gums to pull back from the teeth. This leads not only to problems with teeth, but also with the way the gums appear. Many people complain of a “toothy” smile, or of teeth roots that are not protected and therefore lead to sensitivity or unappealing aesthetics.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting refers to the procedure chosen by your periodontist to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, or you may choose to have one to improve the appearance of your smile.
Ideal Candidate for Gum Grafting Treatment
As your periodontist, Dr. Ari Moskowitz may suggest that you consider a gum graft (also called a gingival graft) if you have had periodontal disease that has caused gum recession. Gum disease is actually one of the most common causes of receding gums, which studies suggest affects up to 12 percent of the population.
Gum Grafting Procedure
During a gum graft, Dr. Moskowitz will restore the recessed gum line to a healthy appearance. This will be done by grafting tissues from another part of the mouth, such as the palate, or using sterilized collagen sheets to the affected gums. This surgical procedure is very safe when performed by a trained periodontist.
Dr. Moskowitz and his team will give you information on how to make sure the gums heal properly after you go home.
Gum Graft Before and After Patient
Benefits of Investing in a Gingival Graft
- Your teeth will be protected, rather than exposed.
- You will have less likelihood of sensitivity caused by exposed teeth roots.
- You will have a reduced chance of losing a tooth to gum disease.
- You will reduce the areas where gum disease causing bacteria can hide and thrive.
- You will feel more pleased with your appearance.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have experienced gum disease and suffer from gum recession, gum grafting may be the perfect treatment for you. To see if you are a good candidate, call (410) 744-6088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moskowitz.