Gum Grafting - The Van Hala Dental Group

Reduce Tooth Sensitivity with Gum Grafting

Do I Have Gum Recession?

Gum recession is a progressive condition characterized by gum tissue moving away from the visible tooth crown and exposing the tooth roots. Minor recession is often overlooked or ignored, but over time this recession can lead to bone loss around the teeth and tooth mobility. Along with appearing unsightly, gum recession can also lead to tooth sensitivity and increases the risk for plaque and tartar buildup and harmful bacterial invasion in the area. Gum recession can be a result of many conditions and unfortunately, even if you maintain good oral health, it can develop due to factors outside of your control, including genetics or accident. Treatment for gum recession involves gum grafting to place new soft tissue in areas where the tooth roots are exposed. Our experience in surgical gum grafting techniques and our gentle approach consistently produces high success rates for our patients and provides you with a comfortable, safe experience.

Causes of Gum Recession

  • Gum disease (#1 cause)
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Dental or soft tissue trauma
  • How Gum Grafting Works

Gum Grafting: What to Expect

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Many patients are concerned with how painful their gum grafting procedure will be and the length of their recovery. We take all necessary measures to ensure your comfort by providing a calming, relaxing environment and administering local anesthetic to numb the treatment site prior to your procedure. Depending on your situation, we will take a small portion of soft tissue from your mouth or provide soft tissue from a donor source. This is carefully placed in areas of gum recession and gently sutured in place. Recovery after gum grafting varies for each of our patients, but it is expected that you may experience some swelling and discomfort after the procedure. To assure a safer and faster recovery, we will provide you with home-care instructions and follow-up appointments at our North Canton, or Hudson, OH, locations.

Do you have sensitive teeth?