Everyone wants or dreams of getting that “Hollywood Smile.” Nobody wants to hide their smile or be embarrassed by their smile. Whether it is getting straighter teeth, whiter teeth, or improving their overall appearance, there are plenty of options that you can do. One of the main issues in people’s smiles is their gum appearance. When someone has periodontal disease, their gums start receding. As these tissues recede, they can make your smile look awkward and make teeth appear longer. This change also exposes areas of teeth that are naturally more sensitive, which can lead to more discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, as well as products that are higher in sugar.
Our Parker, CO and Glendale, CO cosmetic dentist can help with gum recession and grafting. According to the American Dental Association, “When your gums recede or pull away from your teeth, it is called gum recession. Gum recession can happen at all ages. You can have a healthy mouth and practice good oral hygiene, and yet experience gum recession. Healthy gingival tissue forms a protective collar around a tooth. When gingival tissue recedes, exposing the tooth’s root, sensitivity may result. Tooth root decay (root caries) may develop because the softer root surface decays more readily than the enamel on the tooth’s crown. Gum recession can increase your risk for future gum and bone loss, possibly even tooth loss in more extreme cases. There are many different causes and risk factors for gum recession.”
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure. Though the name might sound frightening, the procedure is commonly performed with excellent results. During gum graft surgery, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity. There many benefits to gum grafting. First, it can reduce sensitivity. When the tooth root becomes exposed, eating or drinking hot or cold foods can cause extreme sensitivity to the teeth. By covering the exposed root, it can help reduce discomfort. Secondly, it can improve your appearance. Gum recession can make your teeth look longer than normal and your smile appears “toothy.” Gum grafting can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical, and generally more pleasing to look at. Last, it improves your overall gum health. Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly. Gum grafting can help stop tissue and bone loss. This prevents further problems and protects exposed roots from further decay.