"My smile is very important to me. I never really had huge issues with my teeth but I did have some spacing that I was not happy with. Deciding to get invisalign was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The hard part was finding a facility that would tend to my needs and make me feel at home. I researched for quite some time before actually picking a place, but I finally ended up choosing Luxury Dentistry.”
- Darween F.
Receding gums are caused by a host of factors, some of which are not in a patient’s ability to control. Overaggressive brushing, poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, thin gums and bones, and structural anomalies in a patient’s mouth are all risk factors. Thus regular dental checkups to assess a patient’s risk can lead to an early diagnosis and treatment of gum recession. An accurate diagnosis of the patient’s true causes of gum recession is vital to a successful treatment. Once these underlying causes have been addressed with measures such as professional dental cleaning, scaling, and root planing, our gum specialist may recommend surgery of a cosmetic or restorative nature, such as gum grafting and gum regeneration.
Gum regeneration and gum grafting are the most common surgical treatments for gum recession. Gum grafting involves adding tissue to the area and attaching it to existing/remaining gum tissue. This serves to stabilize the existing gum, cover up the tooth root, and achieve a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing smile. The tissue used in the grafting can be taken from the patient, usually from the roof of his/her mouth, and some believe that using the body’s own tissues can promote healing. However, tissue removal can be painful; there are alternative options such as donor tissue and synthetic material. Donor tissue is strictly regulated by the FDA and undergoes the same screening processes as other implantable tissues and organs. Synthetic materials, known as regenerative matrix materials, have been used in the last eighteen years to treat burn victims and are now in common use for both medicine and dentistry. These synthetic materials can be crafted to match the patient’s exiting gum in color and texture and are often undetectable.