Gum Recession Grafting

Gum recession can lead to tooth loss (which is caused by the loss of supportive bone) and to an increased incidence of root surface cavities. Gum recession looks awful and it can lead to tooth loss (which is caused from the loss of important supportive bone and to an increased incidence of root surface cavities).

If left untreated, gum recession and bone loss can spread, affecting more and more teeth. Dr. Clagett is trained in the latest methods of dealing with gum recession. He is focused on using the least invasive methods of replacing the lost gum tissue and stopping your bone loss.

What is Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting is a name for periodontal surgical procedures that are focused on covering any exposed tooth root surface. Gum grafting is also known as gingival grafting or periodontal plastic surgery. With gum grafting, oral tissue is grafted to the gums in order to increase the coverage of the gums.

What Causes Gum Recession

Gum Recession can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Periodontal Disease (also known as gum disease) is the most common cause. While poor oral hygiene can be the cause, there are a number of other possible factors, including: your genetic makeup, changes in hormones, diabetes and other illnesses. Smokers are four times as likely to develop gum periodontal disease.
  • Aggressive and/or improper brushing techniques
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Tongue and/or lip piercing

Benefits of Gum Grafts?

A gum graft stops the process of gum recession and bone loss. Gum grafting can also reduce the sensitivity of teeth to hot and cold foods. Gum grafting protects the roots of your teeth and prevents root decay. Gum grafts also provide a more even gum line, which provides a more attractive smile. Gum grafts also provide a more even gum line, which provides a more attractive smile.

Most patients who’ve had a gum graft find that they do not need to take off work and have minimal interruption to their lives.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Clagett in Elizabethtown, KY to see if Gum Grafting is the best option for you.

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