Gum disease is a detrimental condition that if left alone, can cause painful gum recession. Gum recession causes sensitivity, pain, and gives teeth an elongated look. It can also perpetuate gum disease. Here at Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, we perform gum grafts so our patients can heal their recessed gum tissue.
When gum disease progresses past gingivitis, a worse condition called periodontitis takes over. Plaque and tartar can wedge itself between the tooth and the gum tissue, creating pockets. The gums pull away from the teeth, an occurrence called recession. Recession can continue to let bacteria enter the gums and hide among the tooth’s root. It can cause severe sensitivity and pain. It can also cause teeth to become loose. If nothing is done, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Part of clearing up gum disease will involve healing the recessed gums. This is where a gum graft comes in. We take tissue from another area of the mouth and stitch it down to the area of the gums where tissue is needed. The area is allowed to heal and soon a natural-looking, functional gum line is present.
If you have infected gums and notice long-looking teeth or loose teeth, do not wait to see us. To schedule an appointment in our Edmonton, AB office, call Flossophy Dental at (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca.