Healthy gum tissue protects teeth from disease and is cosmetically important to ensure a naturally beautiful smile. When gum tissues recede, your teeth may look longer and older. It can also often cause sensitivity and increases the risk of cavities. At Washington Periodontics we can treat receding gums and keep your mouth looking and feeling healthier.
A soft tissue graft, also known as a gum graft, is a procedure where soft tissue is removed from another area of your mouth and grafted onto the gum tissue surrounding the affected area. This can help to stop gum recession and improve the appearance of your teeth.
A connective tissue graft is similar to a soft tissue graft, but the tissue is taken from underneath your skin. This type of graft is often used when not enough soft tissue is available in your mouth.
A free gingival graft is a procedure where gum tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and grafted onto the receding gums. This can help to stop the progression of gum recession and improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you have bone loss due to gum disease, a bone grafting procedure may be recommended. In this procedure, bone is taken from another area of your body or a donor and grafted onto the bone around your teeth. This can help to stop the progression of gum disease and improve the appearance of your teeth.
Guided tissue regeneration is a procedure where a barrier is placed over the area of bone loss. This barrier prevents the gum tissue from growing into the area of bone loss and allows the new bone and connective tissue to grow. This can help to stop the progression of gum disease and improve the appearance of your teeth.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that is often done for cosmetic purposes. This procedure removes the excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. This can improve the appearance of your teeth and make them look longer.
If you are concerned about gum recession, it’s important to see a dentist or periodontist to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan.
At Washington Periodontics, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. We offer a variety of treatment options for gum recession and can work with you to develop a plan that is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!