Posted on 3/17/2016 by Dr. Dennison
|If periodontal disease has caused your gums to recede, your dentist may have recommended a gum graft as a way to overcome the problem.
Unfortunately, not much information is out there about gum grafts and how they can help with gum recession. If you are considering a gum graft, you should be aware of some of the best benefits to the procedure.
You'll Protect Your Tooth RootsWhen your gums recede too far, the roots of your teeth can become exposed. Not only is this a cosmetic problem, but it can also cause some major issues with your teeth.
The cementum isn't meant to be exposed to the elements of your mouth, and it is more vulnerable to cavities and decay than the enamel.
Keep Your Teeth SafeGum grafting will help to prevent decay of the roots, meaning you will ultimately protect your teeth by investing in the procedure. When the roots are protected, the tooth will be stronger and more stable. Since root decay is difficult to repair, failure to undergo gum grafting could ultimately lead to the loss of the tooth.
Protect Your Jaw BoneYour gums serve a vital purpose in protecting your jaw bone, but when they recede, bacteria will be able to penetrate into the bone tissue. This can ultimately destroy the bone while altering the way that your body responds to these bacteria.
Improve Your Appearance
Finally, one of the biggest reasons that people choose to undergo gum grafting is to improve the appearance of their smile. Receding gums are unattractive and throw off the balance between your teeth and gums. They also expose root tissue, which isn't meant to be seen, and the end result is an unattractive smile. Gum grafting will correct these issues.
Do you need more information on how gum grafting can help you? Contact us today.