Gum recession, gingival recession, or receding gums is a common dental issue that occurs naturally with age, but the process can be worsened by periodontal disease or trauma. If caught early, minor recession can be treated at home with prescribed oral hygiene practices. If not, don’t worry and call Dentalville Panorama City in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment!
Unfortunately, gum recession happens so gradually that it often becomes severe before treatment. When the gingiva recedes enough to reveal the root or loosen the tooth, gum grafting needed, as several problems then present themselves:
At this point, gum grafting can resolve the issue safely and quickly. This is an outpatient procedure with manageable aftercare, that has proved effective in protecting the patient’s dental health, improving the appearance of the teeth, and preventing further deterioration.
Depending on the severity of the recession, and the patient's needs, our periodontist may perform one of several types of gum graft.
In most cases, discomfort passes in a few days and a complete recovery is achieved within weeks, resulting in a healthier mouth and a cosmetically improved appearance. Many insurance plans cover the procedure, especially when medically necessary.
While gum grafting is often performed as an elective cosmetic surgery to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, the medical benefits are considerable. The soft root tissue is no longer exposed to dental caries, bacteria no longer has an entry via pockets along the receding gum line, and the tooth sits more securely in its socket, all of which result in a healthier mouth.
“I was sure I just needed a filling, but when I saw that my filling had almost completely fallen away with the wand that showed my smile on the monitor, it was obvious I would need a crown or face losing the whole tooth. I was able to get a special price on the crown which made things easier for me personally. I am glad for the help and thank Dentalville for working with me and providing great service and care. Will be back”
- Clement Douglas