June 28, 2013

Gum Grafts Fix Receding Gums - Weston, Newton, Wellesley

Do you have receding gums or do your gums feel extra sensitive? According to Dr. Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Receding gums are a sign of two things: gum disease or overly aggressive brushing."  Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and possibly heart disease. Early stages of gum disease can be treated with a non-surgical scaling and root planing treatment. However, excessively receding gums  sometimes requires a surgical treatment called a gum graft.

When receding gums start, lighter brushing will be effective if there is still enough gum tissue left that can act as a barrier from disease and bone loss. But if your gums have receded to the extent that your tooth roots are exposed, you may need a gum graft. Exposed tooth roots can cause sensitive teeth or make your teeth appear longer. Most importantly, exposed tooth roots can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and periodontal disease.

Also, a malpositioned frenum can lead to recession.  The frenum is the muscle fiber often seen inserting between  teeth. If it pulls on the gum, this could result in gum recession. This is called high frenum attachment. Gum grafts can also be used to fix this as well. Additionally, orthodontics can also stretch the gum line and cause the gums to recede. In all cases, gum grafts are an excellent way to protect the underlying bone and prevent the gums from receding further.

For more information, visit Dr. Johnson at www.NewtonWellesleyDental Partners.com and remember to, "See a Specialist...The Difference Will Make You Smile".