When is Gum Grafting Indicated for Gum Recession?

When is Gum Grafting Indicated for Gum Recession?

November 16, 2018

Dr. Anna Kreymer and her experienced staff in Los Angeles, California provide several different cosmetic and restorative treatments in our boutique dental office. One such treatment is known as gum grafting and is commonly used after a patient has been affected by gum recession. What is gum recession and gum grafting? How can our dental office help improve the appearance and function of your smile? Continue reading on to learn more about our unique treatments!

What are the causes of gum recession?

There are several different factors that can influence the beginning stages of gum recession. Below are a few common ones:

  • Anatomical. Any natural genetic predisposed condition.
  • Physiological. An abnormal tooth shape or position or orthodontic tooth movements.
  • Pathological. Too much brushing or flossing, direct trauma, periodontitis, or an infection.
  • Combinations of these.

Figuring out what is causing your receding gums can better help your dentist to fix the root of the problem.

What are the consequences of gum recession?

A patient with no symptoms or concerns will not always need treatment. At this point it is up to them to decide if they solely would like to change the appearance and aesthetic of their smile. However, there are other consequences of gum recession that can easily be corrected with the help of Dr. Anna Kreymer and her staff:

  • Pain
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Chronic inflammation and plaque retention
  • Root abrasion and decay

What are gum grafting surgical procedures?

Each dental office will have their own preferred method of surgical procedure. They can be split up into the following categories:

  • Root coverage surgery. The purpose for this procedure is to improve the gum recession and match it properly to the rest of the smile.
  • Non root coverage surgery. This procedure help to improve the thin gum tissue around an exposed root.
  • Papilla reconstruction. This is an extensive procedure that involves a total reconstruction.

If you are interested in learning more about gum grafting for your smile, then contact our Los Angeles dental office for more information or call Dr. Anna Kreymer to set up your next consultation today!

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