Many Americans suffer from periodontal disease, or the infection and inflammation of the gum tissue. It is estimated that almost half of adults over the age of 30 in this country have this condition to some extent. You might notice redness and swelling prior to a full-blown infection. This is known as gingivitis, and it should not be ignored!
This infection can cause serious ramifications to your health, and is a leading cause of tooth loss. While you may feel that you can hide the progression by changing up your smile, or just not exposing your mouth to others. But it is imperative that you treat the underlying cause for the condition, rather than just attempt to cover it up. Today, your Los Angeles, CA dentist explains how a simple gum graft can renew your smile in a flash!
For those who have already begun to experience recession, a gum graft is your likely solution. This involves the physical movement and attachment of periodontal tissue. There are two forms that we will go over now.
The first is called a free gingival graft, and it begins with the removal of infected tissue from the site. Then the healthy matter is stretched to a natural level and adhered to the tooth. This is a simple procedure that may seem a little bit more frightening than it is. It is a very common operation that is performed daily.
If there is not enough tissue to be able to cover the necessary area, your dentist will identify a transplant site. This usually comes from the roof of the mouth, or the soft palate. It is adhered in much the same way, simply from a fully separate location.
Both of these maneuvers require a week-long soft diet, but you should be able to get back to work relatively quickly. Always discuss your plan with your healthcare provider.
Prevention Is Best
It is important to maintain a solid daily oral health regimen, and not only for your enamel. Patients can focus on the teeth, while ignoring the other forms of tissue that exist within the mouth. Periodontal tissue is a prime example of this, as an area that people seem to take for granted.
Floss daily, and before you brush your teeth, in order to maximize your effectiveness. And use an oral rinse of your choosing, with or without alcohol. The action of swishing itself does a lot in removing harmful germs from your mouth. And if you get up in the middle of the night for a snack, be sure to rebrush before going back to bed. Leaving invaders in your mouth for hours is a recipe for disaster!
Questions Or Concerns?
Don’t keep putting off your gum treatment! Reach Dr. Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA at (310)446-4867 and we can schedule you for a consultation and get things moving!