Los Angeles Periodontist Describes The Benefits Of Gum Grafting
Gum recession is common among Americans and occurs in 90% of the American population by the time they are 60 years old. It also occurs in 60% of adults under the age of 29. Gum recession occurs when the tissue around the tooth pulls away and exposes the root of the tooth. It is a slow process and often goes unnoticed until it has reached more advanced stages.
There are a few different reasons why a patient may need gum grafting surgery in Los Angeles. Gum recession can cause sensitivity, expose your roots to decay, make your teeth appear longer, cause damage to the supporting bone, and if left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss. Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitisky are expert periodontists that will consult with you about your receding gum line and help you pick the best option to restore your oral health. At The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, our Brentwood periodontists use the most advanced tools and techniques available.
What Causes Receding Gums and What Does It Do?
“Receding gums can have multiple causes,” said Dr. Alexandre Aalam. “Gum recession can be caused by periodontal disease, trauma, aggressive tooth brushing, inadequate brushing and flossing leading to plaque buildup, hormonal changes in women due to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, tobacco products, grinding and clenching your teeth, and a misaligned bite which can wear down gums.”
When your gums recede, the roots of your teeth are exposed which can cause sensitivity to hot and cold, decay to the roots, and tooth hypersensitivity. It greatly affects the appearance of your teeth and smile.
If your periodontist suggests gum grafting surgery, your final result will leave your teeth less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, your tooth roots will be protected from decay, and your gum line will be more evenly aligned creating a more cosmetically pleasing smile. Covering up your roots also helps to prevent further dental problems.
What to Expect From Your Gum Grafting Surgery in Los Angeles
“Gum graft surgery is a simple procedure and easily treated when it’s diagnosed in its early stages,” said Dr. Alina Krivitsky. The damaged tissue will need to be replaced on your exposed tooth roots. Usually the periodontists will take tissue from the roof of your mouth or use an artificial tissue and attach it to the site with stitches. Healing usually takes between 4 and 8 weeks. The surgery will restore the function of your tooth and give you a more attractive smile.
Contact the CENTER to Fix Your Gum Recession Today!
If you feel that your gums have receded too much and that you need gum grafting surgery in Los Angeles, call the CENTER today for a consultation with Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky at 310-826-8242 or click here to request an appointment online. They will help to protect your teeth and create a beautiful, healthy, radiant smile.