Why Is Gum Recession a Problem?
Gum recession needs to be treated for many reasons. Exposed tooth roots are prone to decay. This is because there is no enamel on a tooth root to protect it.
Gum recession can create discomfort with hot or cold food and drinks. It can also be noticeable in your smile and bother you aesthetically.
The most important reason to have gum recession addressed is when the gum tissue recedes, so does the surrounding bone. Bone loss can lead to tooth loss. The recession can be the result of gum disease, biting trauma, aging or overly aggressive brushing.
Not all recessions need to be treated with gum grafting. Often if caught early enough, we can identify the cause and eliminate it, and maintain your gums as they are. Early detection and treatment is extremely important.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is an oral surgery procedure to reverse gum recession. Exposed tooth root surface is covered with grafted (transplanted) oral tissue. It is also known as gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery.
Although it might sound scary or intimidating, the results of gun grafting are often excellent.
Dr. Sage Pollack prides herself in a minimally invasive technique, which make for less pain and much faster healing. Often she can do the procedure through a “pin-hole” technique, and can use your own growth factors from drawing some blood from your arm.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
- Improved Appearance
- Gum recession can make the teeth look longer.
- Reduction in Sensitivity
- With gum recession, teeth can be very sensitive to hot or cold.
- Improved Oral and Gum Health
- Prevents further tissue and bone loss by covering the root that is exposed.
What Does Gum Grafting Involve?
If you do need to have gum surgery, be confident that Dr. Sage Pollack will take the most minimally invasive approach possible. Typical gum grafting procedures require that tissue be taken from your palate (the roof of your mouth). This can be extremely painful and takes a while to heal.
Dr. Pollack primarily uses the person’s own growth factors. The process of using a person’s own platelet rich fibrin “PRF” is relatively simple.
Two small vials of blood are drawn from the patients arm, it is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the PRF from the Red Blood Cells.
The PRF is then turned into a membrane and placed in a prepared grafting site. This procedure results in significantly less healing time.
Schedule Your Appointment Now
To find out if you are a candidate for this minimally invasive approach to treating gum recession contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sage Pollack.