When is the Right Time for a Gum Graft?
Nothing feels worse than being self-conscious about your smile. More often than not, gum recession can lead to a loss in smile confidence. Gum recession (also known as “gingival recession”) refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. Gum loss can make your gums appear uneven or unhealthy depending on how severe the recession has become. Receding gums can be caused by many factors and, in addition to cosmetic changes, the loss of gum tissue can lead to teeth sensitivity, bone and/or tooth loss, and difficulty eating comfortably.
The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy in Los Angeles offers the most cutting-edge treatments for gum recession available, including our very own innovative procedure: the RejuvaGum Lift. This minimally invasive gum treatment can help you achieve a beautiful healthy smile.
A gum graft procedure isn’t as well-known as a dental cleaning or cavity filling, so patients have less information on what the procedure is and what it entails. Let’s explore when a periodontist might decide to use a gum graft to improve your dental health.
The Top Reasons for a Gum Graft
It is important to note that gum loss typically occurs as a result of other dental or health issues that will also need to be addressed in order to regain healthy gums. The most common causes of gum recession include:
Periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis)
- Brushing teeth too roughly
- Aggressive orthodontic treatment
Once the gums start receding, it may be possible to slow the recession with proper dental hygiene and by addressing other health issues that may be causing the gum loss, such as by quitting smoking. However, without periodontal treatment, moderate to severe gum loss will lead to bone lose and decay on the exposed roots. This may accelerate the process of actual tooth lsoe
In order to choose the right treatment, Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky will evaluate a combination of factors including the general condition of your mouth and what is best for the look and feel of your gums. For example, he or she may choose to use a gum graft or a RejuvaGum Lift procedure on one or more teeth in order to properly address your gum recession.
How to Treat Receding Gums
Soft Tissue Grafts
Soft tissue grafts are one of the most common types of treatments for gum recession. Soft tissue grafts (also called a gum lift) can help improve uneven gums caused by the recession and restore the natural alignment of the gum line. This cosmetic treatment is beneficial because it can be used to re-contour the gumline as necessary while also maintaining a natural look.
A soft tissue graft procedure begins with an examination of the gum line to determine the cause of the recession, either due to periodontal disease and/or trauma. In a gum lift treatment, replacement of the damaged tissue usually involves removing a small amount of tissue from the roof of the mouth or using an artificial tissue and attaching it to the affected site. Gum grafting procedures are beneficial for several reasons including:
- Reducing further gum recession
- Protecting exposed roots
- Lowering root and tooth sensitivity
- Improving the appearance of the teeth and gums
Learn more about gum tissue graft procedures at WebMD.com.
The CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy offers the revolutionary RejuvaGum Lift gum grafting procedure to treat receding gums. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are the first periodontists in the United States to offer this cutting-edge treatment. RejuvaGum Lift has many benefits over traditional gum grafting, including less pain, reduced recovery time, and improved long-term outcomes!
As part of the RejuvaGum Lift treatment, a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and then placed into a centrifuge, where it is separated into three different components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The white blood cells and platelets form a substance called Advanced-Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) which is placed near the areas affected by gum recession. The RejuvaGum Lift procedure kick starts the body’s own healing capabilities in the recessed gum, achieving visible improvement without the need for a painful tissue graft.
The RejuvaGum Lift technique has been used in Los Angeles dental procedures successfully for more than 10 years. Not only that, but Platelet-Rich Fibrin treatments have gained traction in other medical fields, transforming treatments and improving outcomes in procedures like heart surgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, and dermatology.
There are many benefits of the RejuvaGum Lift technique including:
- Less discomfort for the patient both during and after treatment
- Improved recovery time compared to traditional gum grafts
- No need for uncomfortable sutures or invasive surgical tools
- No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
- Natural-looking, long-lasting results
Learn More about the RejuvaGum Lift Today!
If you think you are suffering from receding gums, a soft tissue gum graft or RejuvaGum Lift treatment may be the perfect solution for restoring your stunning smile. Contact the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy to learn how the regenerative PRF technique can be used to successfully treat your gum recession. Contact our center in Los Angeles today to schedule a consultation by contacting us online or calling 310.299.8329.