What To Do About Receding Gums

Whether you suspect you have a gum problem or already know you’re one of the millions of Americans with receding gums, you’ve probably heard the term “gum grafting.” A procedure used to treat gum recession, gum grafting can produce wonderful medical and aesthetic results for patients. Here’s a look at what it is, who it’s for, how it works and why the specialists at Grove Dental are your best resource for gum grafting in the Chicago western suburbs.   

What Is Gum Grafting?

Gum grafting is a dental procedure that replaces areas of lost gum tissue to protect tooth roots, moving healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth to the desired area. Gum grafting is designed to protect a patient’s teeth from the damages of receding gums. Healthy oral tissue is grafted and used to cover exposed tooth root. By replacing gum tissue in this way, your dentist helps you prevent further problems associated with exposed dental roots.

Why Would Someone Need This Procedure?

Patients with receding gums are more susceptible to decay and even bone damage — but a gum graft protects the teeth by covering exposed roots, making your teeth less susceptible to cavities, less sensitive to temperature and more aesthetically pleasing. Because receding gums are a common dental problem today, and because they usually worsen gradually and unnoticeably until they’ve become severe, gum grafts are increasingly the treatment of choice.

How Does Gum Grafting Work and How Is It Performed?

During a gum graft procedure, a dentist replaces tissue from one of several places in the mouth and relocates it to the area of gum recession. The replacement healthy tissue may be moved from the roof of the mouth, an adjacent area of tissue or other areas in the mouth.  Your dentist is able to advise you on which tissue source is best for your specific dental health. The place where the tissue was taken from heals naturally over time, and may feel uncomfortable for a few days or a week. The site of relocation heals in a number of weeks, transitioning to a healed graft.

Why Should a Patient Go to Grove Dental for Gum Grafting?

Whether you are new to Grove or an existing patient, it is wise to come to the Periodontists on staff for gum grafting. We’re right in your neighborhood with locations in Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Lombard and Wheaton. Our staff of general dentists and specialists understand what goes into proper gum treatments and procedures. What’s more, we cater our services to your schedule and are available six days a week to treat all of your dental concerns!

Request an appointment today to learn more about gum grafting at Grove Dental!