Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting in Ottawa, ON

Do your teeth appear to be longer than usual? Have you experienced an increased sensitivity to cold or heat? If so, these are telltale signs that your tooth roots are exposed. This is often the result of gum recession. If you have any of these symptoms, gum grafting in Ottawa can prevent further tissue loss and restore lost gum.

What Causes Gum to Recede?

Sometimes gums supporting teeth recede (move down) and leave part of the root exposed. This may occur due to weak gum tissue combined with a traumatic (unbalanced) bite or due gum disease. If left untreated, receded gums may cause teeth sensitivity and or decay (cavity) of the exposed root surface. Eventually, this may lead to tooth loss.

At Albert Street Dentistry, our emphasis is on the prevention of recessions before they happen. Prevention is done by identifying the risk factors that may increase the risk of having recessions. Once these elements are corrected, the risk of having recessions is decreased significantly.

If you have recessions, however, your team at Albert Street Dentistry will first identify the cause of your recessions and treat them first. Once this stage is done, recessions can be corrected using a graft taken from the roof of the mouth.

Types of Gum Grafting Procedures

The most common gum graft is the connective tissue graft. This involves taking tissue from the roof of your mouth. It is used to repair and treat areas of recession then sutured over the exposed root.

A pedicel graft uses a piece of nearby skin that is left attached at a corner to repair the gums. Since the tissue is still connected, blood flow remains intact.

Gum grafts are the best way to stop bone loss and correct gum recession. Furthermore, the graft will protect the previously exposed root. Also, grafting helps eliminate tooth sensitivity to hot and cold.

Call Our Ottawa Dental Office to Learn More

At Albert Street Dentistry, we use the latest technologies and techniques to minimize the discomfort of the procedure, enhance the healing process, and prevent the recurrence of recessions.

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