Serving Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle
Do you have receding gums or suffer from severe stages of periodontal (gum) disease? Stop the recession and its negative impact on your oral health by receiving a gum graft from your Amarillo dentists Dr. Trey H. Miller and Dr. Clinton L. Esler at Advanced Dentistry of Amarillo.
A gum graft not only prevents further recession but resolves the consequences of receding gums, which can include the following:
- Bone loss
- Enhanced sensitivity in teeth
- Safeguarding tooth roots from decay
- Help seal out bacteria from entering the body’s bloodstream
A gum graft also evens out your gum line, improving the look of your smile.
What can you expect from a gum graft procedure?
We typically only perform a gum graft after other treatments for gum recession have not resolved the issue.
A gum graft involves removing tissue from elsewhere in your mouth (usually the upper palate) or uses donor tissue and placing it over the areas needing treatment. When the graft heals, your gums will show no evidence of recession. A gum graft repairs tissue that has been damaged by receding gums and improves the function and aesthetics of your smile.
Laser vs. Scalpel
We can perform a gum graft using our state-of-the-art dental laser. This technology allows a gum graft to be performed in less time, with significantly less discomfort for the patient both during and after the procedure. Plus, the laser cauterizes the tissue while it works, which significantly decreases the amount of bleeding that may occur as opposed to traditional gum surgery that uses a scalpel.
Advanced Dentistry of Amarillo performs three different types of gum grafts:
- Connective tissue: The most common gum graft, this takes tissue from the roof of your mouth, which then is stitched over the exposed tooth roots.
- Free gingival: Works exactly like a connective-tissue graft, but the tissue is taken from the palate.
- Pedicle: Achieves the same result as the other two types of grafts, taking the tissue adjacent to the tooth or teeth where the graft is taking place.
How can you prevent gum recession?
Gum recession is quite common in patients suffering from gum disease.
Receding gums also can be caused by any of the following behaviors or factors:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism
- Misaligned bite
- Tongue and lip piercings, which can deteriorate healthy gum tissue
- Poor oral hygiene
If you would like to learn more about gum grafts, contact our office by calling (806) 513-2544 by scheduling a consultation.
Advanced Dentistry of Amarillo is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart, and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.