Are you worried about your receding gums? You’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from gum recession every year. But there’s no need to worry – Dr. Maryanne Butler and Dr. Amy Riffel can help you get your smile back on track and feel more confident in your smile with tissue grafts.
We have extensive experience with many grafting techniques and will work with you to find the best solution for your individual needs.
What is Gum Recession, and Why is it a Problem?
Gum recession is when the gum tissue around a tooth starts to pull away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth’s root. Gum recession can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Brushing Too Hard: Brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede over time.
- Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to gum recession.
- Genetics: Some people are more prone to gum recession than others, especially when they have a thinner tissue type
- Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal changes can cause gum recession.
- Injury: An injury to the gums can cause them to recede.
- If left untreated, gum recession can lead to many severe problems, including:
- Sensitivity: The exposed root surfaces can be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- Bone Loss: Unfortunately, associated with every type of recession, there can be underlying bone loss.
- Decay: When the roots of the teeth are exposed, they are more susceptible to decay.
- Infection: Exposed roots are also more susceptible to infection.
- Tooth Loss: Gum recession can eventually lead to tooth loss as the underlying bone is lost in addition to the gum
How Much Do Tissue Grafts Cost?
The cost of tissue grafts varies depending on the extent of the procedure. Your insurance may cover some of the cost of the procedure. We will work with you to ensure that you understand your insurance coverage and cost estimates. We can also provide financing through our partnerships with Lending Club and CareCredit.
How Can We Address Gum Recession?
We perform tissue grafts to treat gum recession. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from the roof of your mouth or, in some instances, using a donor tissue, to treat the recession. Tissue graftswill prevent further gum/bone loss, enhance esthetics, and reduce the odds of root sensitivity and decay.
Let our expert staff help you with your soft tissue grafts in Parker or Cherry Creek.
What is the Process?
We typically perform the procedure in our dental office under local anesthesia. We also offer oral or IV sedation for patients that feel anxious about the procedure.
You will be given post-operative instructions and need to take it easy for the first few days after the procedure. You should avoid vigorous activity and should not brush or floss the graft site for at least two weeks. You will receive further instruction during post operative visit(s).
Post-operative discomfort is managed with prescriptions dispensed prior to the procedure. You can anticipate some discomfort, as with any surgery, but taking prescriptions as directed and taking it easy for a few days after surgery ensures a speedy recovery.
How Long Does a Gum Graft Last?
A gum graft is a very successful procedure. The new tissue that is grafted into place will attach to the existing tissue and become a permanent part of your gum line. With proper oral care, your gum graft should last a lifetime. Proper oral care includes:
- Brushing and flossing twice a day.
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
There are instances where recession can recur. It is important to be aware of those conditions to minimize the recurrence of recession. These instances include:
- Traumatic brushing
- Abrasive toothpastes
- Lack of adequate brushing (which leads to gum inflammation and further gum loss)
- Clenching and Grinding
High-Quality Tissue Graft Service in Parker and Glendale, Colorado
You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel after we’ve addressed your gum recession – your smile will look better, and you will enjoy improved dental health and comfort.
Please schedule a consultation today and let us help you get on the path to better oral health.