When you have a more advanced case of periodontal disease, this could cause recession and impact the beauty of your smile and the stability of your teeth. As part of your treatment, we want to correct the recession, improving symmetry and health. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist discusses gum grafts.
The Warning Signs of Gum Disease
People with periodontal disease may experience sore, red gums that bleed easily. Receding gums are common too, which make your teeth appear long and uneven, and could eventually compromise their stability. When you experience these warning signs, you should let us know right away. Without treatment, periodontal disease will reach the advanced stage known as periodontitis, which destroys the tissues that connect the teeth and gums, causing adult tooth loss. In the early stages, we can manage periodontal disease with a scaling and root planing, followed by routine cleanings every three to four months. However, for periodontitis and receding gums you may need grafting.
Anesthesia and Sedation
Since this is an oral surgical procedure, we want to take steps to ensure you feel comfortable and calm. Even if you have dental anxiety, we want to help you enjoy your time in our office. In addition to local anesthesia, our team could use dental sedation to help patients enter a deep state of calm. The effects will wear off in the hours after your treatment ends.
The Grafting Process
We will thoroughly plan the procedure using advanced digital technology. When ready, we will remove tissue from the roof of your mouth or from other portions of your smile. We then graft these tissues over the exposed portions of your teeth. The gums then protect the root portions from tooth decay and dental infection. The procedure then improves the symmetry of the gum line, and helps us better manage periodontal disease. After the area heals, we can suggest regular cleanings and possibly medications to help protect your smile from the major complications of periodontitis, including adult tooth loss.
Afterward, you will rinse with a special antibacterial rinse, and then for the next one to two weeks, eat soft foods and take any prescribed medications as instructed. These steps help ensure the area heals without complication, and you enjoy an attractive and healthy smile again! If you have any questions about the gum grafting process, then contact our team today to learn more. Don’t live with poor oral health!
Do You Have Questions About Gum Grafting?
We’re skilled and experienced in the treatment of minor and more advanced cases of gum disease. If you want to learn more about treating serious cases of periodontal disease, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.