The purpose of a gum graft is to correct and improve the appearance of receded gums.
Several factors can predispose you to receding gums, such as:
- Thin gums
- Excessively vigorous brushing
- Broken tissue
- An ineffective filling, making it difficult to keep plaque under control and resulting in inflamed and receded gums.
- Dental malposition
Receding gums can affect your mouth in several ways:
- Cosmetic concerns because the teeth appear too long
- Tooth sensitivity and increased risk of cavities because the roots are exposed
- In severe cases: the underlying bone becomes weaker due to the lack of gum protection in the spaces between the teeth
Gum grafts are used to treat receding gums.
- Prepare the site: The area to be treated is decontaminated to enable proper coaptation of the graft. The dentist then cleans and planes the surface using curettes.
- Remove tissue from the palate: The specialist collects thicker tissue and prepares it for the graft.
- Suture the graft to the prepared gums: This adds thickness to the treated area. The specialist finishes by suturing the collected tissue in place.
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