Gum recession is a more common dental problem than most people realize, affecting four to twelve percent of American adults. Gum recession refers to the pulling or wearing away the teeth surrounding tissue, leaving the tooth/root exposed. Most people may not notice it right away because it’s a slow, gradual process and doesn’t occur overnight.
Read ahead to learn what are the possible consequences of gum recession if left untreated.
WHAT HAPPENS IF GUM RECESSION IS LEFT UNTREATED?
An exposed tooth or its root can lead to severe sensitivity, particularly when eating hot or cold foods. If left untreated, receding gums can severely damage your tooth’s supporting bone and eventually cause tooth loss. Therefore it is ideal to confront gum recession as soon as possible.
GUM GRAFT SURGERY
Gum graft surgery, also called periodontal surgery or a ‘gingival graft,’ helps cover an exposed tooth or roots caused by gum recession. A gum grafting surgery protects your teeth from the detrimental effects of receding gums. Moreover, it can also improve and maintain your mouth’s appearance to ensure a happy smile. Typically, in gum grafting surgery, tissue from the roof of your mouth is taken, which is then attached to the gum line but are other available options too.
You must understand that both the complexity and cost of treating a tooth will increase if the condition worsens. Therefore, visit us at Newport Dental Group or reach out at (949) 574-0100 to consult with a dental expert that can answer all your queries.
GUM GRAFTING PROS AND CONS
- Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent tooth loss.
- It can improve your smile and mouth’s overall appearance.
- Decreases sensitivity to cold and hot food/drinks.
- You may experience mild bruising, pain, or swelling after the procedure that will subside within two weeks.
- Depending on the grafting technique utilized, you may experience some level of discomfort.
So, if you suspect you have receding gums and need gum grafting, we have got your back! Schedule an appointment with us at (949) 574-0100, and we will create a personalised treatment plan for you.