Gum Treatment

Receding Gums can lead to exposed sensitive roots

Dental plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular as aesthetic demands increase. When gums recede, the yellow colored root part of the tooth shows when one smiles. Often times the tooth looks longer and this situation creates an uneven smile. Sometimes the exposed root is very sensitive to cold, hot or sweet or even sour foods. Simple treatments with ointments or special toothpastes can eliminate sensitive root pain temporarily or permanently. When these treatments do not work one has to resort to gum surgery.

Simple, predictable and almost painless minor surgery can correct most of these problems. If you have such a situation, please call the office and ask for a consultation. We will evaluate your smile and you will walk away with a plan of action to create the smile you desire or a plan to eliminate sensitive roots.

Gingival Graft

The gingival graft is actually a simple procedure used to strengthen weak gums mostly in the bottom jaw. Your gum tissue is taken from the side of your palate and is fitted to the weak area on the bottom. The palate is covered with a thin plastic cover so that the area remains comfortable when you eat. Most patients report feeling very little discomfort following this procedure when painkillers are taken. The palate may remain sensitive for one week. To avoid discomfort it is recommended to avoid hot, spicy, and hard foods.

Alloderm Grafts

The latest state of the art procedure is this one. No need to take gums from the palate. A specially treated, totally sterilized donor tissue is used as a scaffold to guide your healing cells to recreate the lost gum tissue. Very little discomfort is felt following this procedure. Although some swelling may occur afterwards, when painkillers are used as prescribed, patients testify being quite comfortable. Most patients require several interventions as recessions occur in several areas of the mouth. Our experience shows that patients do come back and have several areas treated. If such procedures were very uncomfortable, most patients would not come back for more. Because highly specialized products and techniques are used, the cost of this procedure is more expensive than the gingival graft.

How to treat severe gum disease with guided tissue bone regeneration

Traditionally, eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue treats gum disease. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today to save teeth..

Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration “regenerates” or helps re-grow the previously lost gum and bone tissue in many situations. Most techniques utilize specialized products, which are inserted over the bone defects.

When gum disease is too severe it may be better to remove the infected teeth and place dental implants. If you have such a problem and are unsure about what to do, then call our office at 450-500-0347 for a consultation and we will gladly develop a plan of action that best suits your needs and budget.

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