When gum recession occurs, the body loses its natural defense to bacteria.

What Causes Gum Recession?

These are some common reasons people experience gum recession:

  • Thin gum tissue
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Plaque buildup causing gingival inflammation
  • Brushing too hard
  • Natural aging
Some people experience minor gum recession more than others. In this case, if there is enough healthy gingiva left to protect the tooth, no treatment is necessary. Sometimes modifying dental care habits can help resolve the issue. When gum recession is more serious, a root can become exposed or decayed. Gum recession can also cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Additionally, as the gum recedes, the bone will do the same. If you notice signs of gum recession, contact our dentist today to determine if gum grafting in Calgary is right for you.

Gum Grafting Near You

Before the procedure

Before beginning the gum grafting procedure, your teeth must be thoroughly cleaned by removing tartar and bacteria on the teeth and gums. After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will provide a local anesthetic. There are many different types of gum grafting treatments, and our dentist will determine which method is best for you during your consultation.

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Free Gingival Graft

This procedure is performed to thicken the gum tissue. A thin layer of tissue will be removed from your palate and then placed on the affected area. This procedure ensures that both areas will quickly heal and will not be permanently damaged.

Connective Tissue Graft

This type of grafting is performed to cover exposed roots. The tissue is removed with minimal pain from the outer layers of your palate and placed over the receded gums. 

Acellular Dermal Matrix Allograft

This type of grafting utilizes donated and medically processed human tissues as a graft source. This procedure typically involves less pain as the tissues are not taken from the patient’s palate.
 
 

After Care of Receiving Treatment for Gum Grafting in SW Calgary

After receiving gum grafting treatment, your dentist will go over post-operative care instructions with you. To ensure the success of this treatment, you must follow these instructions closely. You will also regularly visit our office to check on your healing progress and your post-operative care effectiveness. 

Prevention

Receding gums are painful and can also affect the appearance of your smile. To prevent your gum line from receding, visiting your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups is imperative. Doing so will help your dentist detect and prevent gum recession as well as other oral health issues associated with gum recession. When it comes to your oral hygiene routine, pay attention to the type of toothbrush you are using and how you are brushing and flossing daily. Going in circles and using a soft brush is recommended. Electric or mechanical toothbrushes are also a great alternative to a regular toothbrush as they help break the habit of sawing back and forth while brushing your teeth.

If you are experiencing gum recession, contact us today

find out about effective options such as gum grafting in SW Calgary. At Apple Dental, we offer gum grafting near you.

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