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How a Gum Graft Could Protect the Root of Your Tooth


Posted on 10/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
How a Gum Graft Could Protect the Root of Your ToothYou may have been looking in the mirror a little closer and noticed that Your gums look like they were a little lower or your teeth had grown a little further. Either way, something didn't look right. As you look further towards the other teeth towards the back, they were close to exposing the root of the tooth.

A recent CDC report released data related to the prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S. It showed that 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.

Types of Skin Grafts

Connective-tissue grafts. They are the most commonly practiced to protect a root to treat more than one area where the gums have regressed. The tissue is surgically removed as a flap from the roof of your mouth. It's then stitched over the area of the exposed root. Free gingival grafts. These are like Connective tissue grafts. The tissue is taken from the palate directly and stitched on protecting the root Pedicle grafts. These use some of the tissue next to the tooth needing it and stitch it on. 

We can also use donated medically processed human tissue for the grafting procedure according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

Benefits of Gum Grafts

Not only do gum grafts stop the process of gums from regressing, but they also prevent bone loss, reduce tooth sensitivity, protect the tooth from root decay, they result in more gumline, giving you the benefits of smiling and talk without having to worry what your teeth look like. 

If you are experiencing a regression of your gums, you aren't alone and you don't have to worry about cavities, extractions, or how your smile looks. Call us today and we can get you scheduled for an examination and find a solution best for you. 
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