Gum Recession and Tissue Grafting

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment, Dr. Madigan can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Gum grafting will cover the exposed roots to protect them from decay, help reduce tooth sensitivity, improve the aesthetics of your smile and prevent any future recession from occurring. Whether you have a gum graft to improve function or aesthetics, you’ll probably receive the benefits of a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health—your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Do you have gum recession?

Gum recession does not happen overnight. You may not even notice that your gums have receded, as it is a very slow, gradual process. However, without a gum tissue graft, recession can have a detrimental effect on the health and function of your teeth. If you have been diagnosed with gum recession, it is important to notice if:

  • You have sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or even to sweet, spicy, or sour foods
  • Your teeth appear longer than normal
  • Spaces between your teeth seem to grow
  • The roots of your teeth begin to show

Gum Tissue Grafting

When you come to our office for your grafting procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the areas involved. You may also receive sedation medication to help you relax. We want your experience in our practice to be as comfortable as possible, so let our team know if there is anything you need during your procedure.

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Madigan will perform one of many different types of gum tissue grafts.  For example:

  • Connective tissue grafts
  • Tunnel grafts
  • Free gingival grafts 
  • Pedicle grafts 

Many factors will contribute to your chosen grafting technique. Dr. Madigan can tell you which method will work best for you, your health, and your smile.

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