If your gums are receding due to periodontal disease, you may need to get gum grafts. The good news is that there is treatment, the bad news is that you will most likely need gum graft surgery which can be unpleasant but heals relatively quickly.
How Do Gum Grafts Help with Receding Gums?
If you have severe gum recession that cannot be treated with scaling – a deep cleaning – or root planning, in which plaque and tartar buildup are removed from your teeth and root surface, you may be a candidate for gum grafting.
According to the American Dental Association, gum grafting is not only recommended to repair the area where receding gums are present, but it can also prevent further recession in neighboring areas.
Benefits of Gum Grafts
The most obvious benefits of getting gum grafts are that they stop gum recession and bone loss, and they also prevent future gum disease. Gum grafts can also reduce tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and protect the roots of your teeth from tooth decay.
How to Prevent Receding Gums
The best way to prevent any oral disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home and keep your regular checkups. Using a water flosser is also a good idea if you have gum-related issues. Water flossers can get to more places than a regular string flosser ever could.
It is important to mention that certain medical conditions such as diabetes, immune diseases, and cancer can cause gum recession. Smoking and genetics have also been linked to receding gums.
A healthy diet is always good for overall health, but it can also affect your oral health and some studies suggest that it can help prevent bone demineralization, which can lead to periodontal disease. If you would like to find out more information, call our office today!