Gum grafting is a specialty kind of dental surgery performed to repair the effects of gum recession. A gum graft procedure is a quick and relatively simple oral surgery in which a board-certified periodontist extracts healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and re-applies it wherever it has receded.
Symptoms of Gum Recession Include
- Teeth look longer than they once were
- Gums are tender to all temperatures
- Part of the tooth root is exposed
- Gums are receding
- Gums are bright red at the gum line
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to discuss the possibility of gum grafting surgery with your dentist. Gum grafts are tiny pieces of the person’s gum tissue, which are used to strengthen degraded gum tissue in regions where they have receded.
Receding gums can be caused by a couple of things – brushing too hard and periodontal disease. Consistently brushing too hard will help to wear away your gums. Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that can cause severe damage to your gums, jawbone, and teeth. The disease starts out as gingivitis and then progresses slowly to become periodontitis.
Gum disease is primarily caused by a lack of proper dental care. In the early stages, about the only symptoms, you will see are gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, and they will be red or inflamed. When it is in this stage, you usually can eradicate it by brushing twice a day and flossing.