Receding gums can lead to a variety of dental problems. This condition can be the result of several factors. Gingival grafting is a solution to repair the damage caused by loss of gum tissue.
Reasons to Consider Gingival Grafting
The loss of gum tissue can occur for several reasons with poor oral hygiene being at the top of the list. Gum disease causes the gums to recede and when the teeth are not cared for properly gum disease develops; however, there are other causes as well. Genetics; changes in hormone levels, especially in girls and women; using tobacco products and various illnesses including diabetes can also cause gum disease.
Another big cause of receding gums is poor brushing technique. Using a stiff toothbrush or hard aggressive brushing can wear down the gums. The gums can also be affected by bruxism, clenching or grinding teeth, and piercings of the lip and tongue can abrade the gums too.
Symptoms of a Problem
Receding gums expose the tooth root. This can make the tooth sensitive to hot and cold temperature changes. It can also make the exposed area more susceptible to tooth decay. Gum recession can make the teeth look longer since more of the root area of the root is exposed. The elongated look of the teeth can affect the appearance of your smile.
Benefits of Gingival Grafting
A gingival graft restores a healthy gum line. It can strengthen the gum around the tooth and adds protection. A graft also decreases the sensitivity brought on by exposure once the area is covered again.
If you’ve noticed your gums receding, make a call to Pearl Dentistry for a dental exam. Before the condition worsens consider gingival grafting. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.