MINIMALLY INVASIVE GUM GRAFTING
Gum Recession Treatment - Temecula, CA
You’ve heard the expression “long in the tooth,” meaning getting on in age, and it’s true that nothing ages a face more than gums that have receded. In modern times people don’t have to live with their receding gums and can undergo gum graft surgery to cover the exposed tooth roots.
What Causes Receding Gums?
Gum recession is the exposure of the tooth roots caused by the gum tissue retracting. Gum recession is most commonly caused by:
- Teeth that are out of alignment
- Teeth grinding
- Trauma to the teeth
- Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
- Severe gum disease
The dangers of gum recession
Root surfaces are softer than tooth enamel and so are more prone to erosion and are more sensitive to heat, cold and even sweets. They can get so worn that the teeth loosen or break.
Treatment for thin gums
Gum grafting can also be used to treat gums that are too thin. Thin gums can’t support a tooth properly and will eventually lead to gum recession and bone loss.
Free Gum Recession Consultation
We also check for other issues that might need to be handled to prevent gum recession from continuing. You will get treatment plan options and advice on the best path to choose for your specific condition.
Microsurgery uses small instruments with illuminated microscopes. This means small incisions with far less suturing needed and far less discomfort post-treatment. Instead of cutting into the gum, our Doctors create a small tunnel in the neck of the tooth in which to insert the gum graft.
Minimally invasive also means minimal impact on the body. Conventional gum grafting requires the sacrifice of healthy gum tissue and can lead to further gum loss after healing. There is an additional cosmetic benefit: conventional surgery leaves a white patch which doesn’t blend aesthetically. With our minimally invasive techniques your new gum is naturally pink.
How Gum Grafting works
We can obtain the gum tissue we need on the same day as the gum graft with microsurgical gum grafting. (Traditional gum graft surgery requires a separate visit for tissue collection and a one- to two-week healing period.)
We use a special surgical microscope to view the inside of your mouth at up to 24 times magnification. It allows our doctors to use small instrumentation, and thus they need only make tiny incisions. It also increases the field of vision, providing more accurate and successful surgery.
Gum Graft options
Using micro surgical techniques, we can harvest the needed tissue from the roof of the mouth using the “trapdoor” method. This is done by making a small incision in the roof of the mouth, which is then sewn up. The incision heals in one to two days and only over-the-counter pain medication is needed, if at all.