When recession of the gums occurs (“gingival recession”), the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and oral trauma. Gum reconstruction performed by Dr. Cohen at Park Smiles NYC using gum grafting or gingival grafting techniques becomes an option when a patient suffers from gingival recession. The combination of modern medicine and technology makes most gum grafts quick, painless, and minimally invasive.
Some of the possible causes for gingival recession include:
The following signs and symptoms may indicate that you have gum recession and may need to undergo gum grafting surgery:
When a patient only has minor gum recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth. The suggested treatment for your particular gum recession case may only involve modifying some home care. However, in cases where gum recession is more severe, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost, and gum grafting often becomes the only plausible solution.
During a gum graft, a thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. Some patients choose to use donor skin (Alloderm) instead of having tissue harvested from their palate. This option has the advantage of being pain free in the palate and having a more comfortable healing time. The graft is placed over the exposed portion of the root to which it will attach.
If you have any of the symptoms of gingival recession, we strongly recommended that you schedule a consultation at Park Smiles NYC at your earliest convenience.
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