Limestone Periodontics

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Gum Grafting

Receding gums, or gingival recession, is a common problem for most adults over the age of 40.

    This recession of the gums is tied to periodontal disease.
Receding gums can be limited to one tooth or might affect multiple teeth.

Receding gums can be caused by a variety of factors including awkward positioning of teeth, crowding, overaggressive brushing, and even your family genes. The problem can also be caused by improper flossing, dipping tobacco or oral piercings (lips, tongue). Regardless of how your gums are thinning, it is very important to stop receding gums as soon as the trouble is noticed. Your gums protect the teeth from bacteria. Without this protective layer, germs and microorganisms will have a picnic in your mouth, causing further bone and gum deterioration. Indifference to receding gums might even lead to eventual tooth loss.

There is hope, however. Gum grafting is a dental technique offered by Dr. Leo Kituskie that helps you regain confidence in your smile. The procedure associated with gum grafting is used to lower the gum line to a more attractive and pleasing level. This method will markedly improve the overall health of your gums, while reducing the amount of visible tooth.

The gum grafting process is available in three types: Connective-Tissue, Free Gingival and Pedicle:

• Connective-Tissue Gum Grafting - Considered the most common form of receding gums treatment, connective tissue grafting treats root exposure around one or more teeth. This method involves removing tissue from inside the roof of your mouth, and using that tissue to surround the exposed root.

• Free Gingival Gum Grafting - For those with naturally-thin gum lines; periodontists prefer this method over the others. This type of graft is similar to connective tissue grafting, but the tissue is from the roof of your mouth, without any incision necessary.

• Pedicle - If you already have abundant gum tissue near the tooth or teeth in question, periodontists prefer this method. This gum-grafting procedure does not involve the roof of your mouth at all.

• Pinhole Gum Reguvination

After the procedure, patients are allowed to go home. You can return to work within one or two days. If Dr. Kituskie administers a sedative, you might want to have a friend or family member on stand-by to provide you with a safe ride home. Avoid hard-to-chew foods for a week, and stick with items like yogurt, milk shakes, pudding and pasta.