Fort Lauderdale, FL, dentist provides gum and tissue grafting to address gum disease
Patients who are experiencing pain or sensitivity at the bottom of their teeth may have receding gums that are exposing the root of the tooth. While this often happens gradually, it is critical that patients address it to avoid future issues, including the loss of a tooth. Dr. Yolanda Cintron of Fort Lauderdale, FL provides gum and tissue grafting to help her patients. She helps patients understand the treatment and answers common questions
What causes gum recession?
Gum diseases can be caused by many factors, including:
- Brushing too aggressively
- Genetics that cause gums to naturally be thin
- Previous tooth loss
- Gum disease
What is gum grafting?
Soft tissue gum grafting is a common treatment that is used to rebuild the gumline and prevent the gumline from receding further. Historically, gum grafting required the replacement tissue to be taken from inside the mouth. However, technology advancements have made it so that materials mixed with Plasma Rich Growth factors (which are taken from the individual’s blood) can be used to spark the growth of new tissue.
Dr. Cintron offers two types of grafting:
- Soft tissue graft in which grafting materials are placed where the gumline is receding to restore and augment the patient’s gumline.
- Connective tissue graft that uses alloderm regenerative tissue to cover the tooth root or augment the gum tissue. This treatment is commonly used with dental implants.
Both procedures are performed by an expert and trained team in the dentist’s office during a single visit. The treatment is performed under local anesthesia. Patients who are anxious may find that conscious sedation helps them relax more during the treatment. The grafting material is sutured in place and left to heal for several weeks. Once healed, the sutures simply dissolve, and patients are left with a happy, healthy smile.
A receding gumline does not have to hurt your confidence or cause you pain. Gum grafting is a straightforward and effective treatment that works for most patients. Dr. Cintron and her team will restore your gums with expert, focused care in a caring and gentle manner. With questions or to schedule an appointment call (954) 945-7355 today.