Our teeth have two forms of protection: tooth enamel and gums. Tooth enamel protects the portion of the tooth above the gum line, protecting the sensitive inner tooth structure from bacteria. The roots of the tooth have no enamel coating; instead your gums protect them. However, a number of factors may cause the gums to recede, exposing the roots to harmful bacteria. In order to protect your smile, you may require a gum graft. In today’s blog, your San Diego periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania, answers questions about gum grafts.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Grafts
Question: What causes gum recession?
Answer: Multiple factors can lead to gum recession, including genetic predisposition, frail anatomy, aggressive oral hygiene, medication, age, hormonal fluctuations and others. One cause, however, is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria can coat your teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. Over time, plaque inflames the gums, causing them to recede and pull away from the teeth.
Question: What are the symptoms of gum recession?
Answer: Since gum recession exposes the delicate tooth roots, most people report tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Soon, patients may experience toothaches, sore and red gums, and gums that bleed easily. Some patient experience no symptoms at all!
Question: How does a gum graft work?
Answer: Using either tissue gathered from your you or a door source, material will be grafted onto your gums. The tissue bonds with your supporting structures, restoring your smile and protecting your sensitive tooth roots.
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for receding gums?
Answer: Without treatment, some defects eventually lead to tooth loss.
Schedule an Appointment with Your San Diego Periodontist
Did we answer all of your questions about gum grafts? If not, feel free to contact Dr. Kania. She provides the latest in periodontic treatment, including cosmetic and functional gum grafts. Schedule an appointment by calling our San Diego periodontist’s office at (760) 642-0711. Located in the 92024 area, we proudly serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.