If one or more of your teeth appear longer than others, you may be experiencing gum recession. While the appearance of recession detracts from the aesthetics of your smile, it may also signal a more significant oral health concern. Gum recession leaves your teeth susceptible to developing plaque and cavities in the tooth’s root, a problem that a simple filling is unlikely to correct effectively. Gum recession is also a sign that you are losing tooth-supporting bone beneath the surface.
Some common causes of receding gums include aggressive teeth brushing, poor oral hygiene, naturally “thin” gum tissue, tooth crowding, an outward position of the teeth, uneven and heavy biting forces, and genetics. While gum recession is the most visible sign of damage, you will also be experiencing bone loss beneath the surface of your gums. Without intervention, damage can eventually lead to tooth loss.
We use soft tissue, or gum grafts, to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Grafts not only improve the beauty of your smile and protect roots, they can also lead to reduced sensitivity while slowing recession and bone loss.
Gum tissue grafts have been shown to not only provide for long-term tooth protection, but also to regenerate bone growth.
Gum issues often have both health and aesthetic consequences. Gum tissue grafts create a healthy and protective gumline while also improving the overall appearance of teeth that may have appeared to be too long.
Exposed roots lead to pain and serious issues for the involved tooth. Full coverage with gum tissue prevents the opportunity for root exposure and future damage in the treated area.
Gum recession is defined by bone loss in addition to gum loss. With enough recession, the tooth becomes unstable and may require removal. Gum grafting helps avoid this.
Missing teeth cause the jawbone to atrophy and become absorbed by the body. Bone grafting while removing a tooth is designed to preserve the natural bone contours. If a tooth has been missing for an extended period, we may recommend a bone graft to strengthen the jaw. Dental Implants require adequate bone density and volume for successful implant placement. Our specialized team uses modern bone grafting techniques to augment weakened jaws and bone structures in preparation for dental implants. A bone graft by an experienced clinician like Dr. Navin will help regenerate the bone necessary for a long-lasting implant.
Sinus lift/augmentation raises the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation in the upper jaw. Bone is added between the jaw and maxillary sinuses to repair damage from periodontal disease often for the proper placement of implants. We use minimally invasive techniques to perform a sinus augmentation to help ensure the stability and durability of your new tooth.