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Gum Grafting in Lexington, MA

Gum Grafting in Lexington, MA

Gum Recession Treatment Options

One of the most visible side effects of gum disease is gum recession, a condition where the gum line starts to move down the root of the tooth. Gum recession can be limited to one tooth or several teeth. Some patients experience symptoms such as inflammation of the tissues, root sensitivity, cavities, or aesthetic concerns because of receding gums. If you notice that your gums are beginning to recede, set up a consultation with Dr. David Rosen for a gum grafting procedure that can restore your gum tissues. Your gums serve as a barrier to bacteria. Losing gum tissue can increase your risk of developing gum disease or cause additional gum deterioration, bone loss, or tooth loss.

Cosmetic Benefits of Gum Grafting

If you are embarrassed by the extent of gum recession that you are experiencing and have a significant amount of tooth surface showing, you may benefit from a gum grafting procedure. This procedure is designed to lower the gum line to create a more esthetically pleasing result. Here is a closer look at the three different types of gum grafting techniques:

  • Connective Tissue Grafts – Generally the most common type of treatment for gum recession, this type of graft is used to treat root exposure around one or more teeth. Dr. Rosen cuts a flap of skin from the roof of the mouth and removes tissue from under the flap. The flap is stitched back down and the excised tissue can then be stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed tooth root. Over time, the attached tissue grows together with the existing tissue.

  • Free Gingival Grafts - These are similar to connective tissue grafts except that a small amount of tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and placed right onto the area to be treated. Dr. Rosen typically recommends this gum recession treatment option for those who have naturally thin gums.

  • Pedicle Grafts - This method involves grafting tissue from around the tooth that needs to be repaired. The flap is partially cut away so that one edge remains attached to the gum tissue. It is then stretched to cover the exposed root and sutured into place. Dr. Rosen often uses this method for patients who have plenty of gum tissue around the tooth in need of repair.

If you want to learn more about gum recession treatment options or are seeking periodontal treatment in Lexington, MA, set up your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!
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