Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth. However, removing a section of your palate creates unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease, and sensitivity while giving you a great smile. Routine dental check-ups along with proper brushing are essential for maintaining healthy gums; however some patients may require treatment.
Aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease are two primary causes for recession, which can lead to the following:
• unattractive smile
• root sensitivity
• loss of supporting bone
• tooth decay
• plaque build-up*
• risk of future recession*
Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction.
Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important for several reasons. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require that the bone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. Also, the jaw and other facial bones support the skin and muscle that are responsible for our outward cosmetic appearance. Without the support of the underlying bone, our faces can look prematurely aged.