Gum Grafts

gum graftsErie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

If you have receding gums, your oral health is at risk. Patients with gum recession often suffer increased tooth sensitivity and are at a higher risk of bone loss and tooth decay. Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, can repair gum recession with our state-of-the-art gum grafting procedure.

How does a gum graft work?

Using our precise dental laser technology, healthy tissue is taken from elsewhere, usually from the upper palate, and stitched over the tooth roots that are exposed when gums recede.

The goals of a gum graft are as follows: 

  • Repair the damaged gum tissue
  • Protecting against further gum problems such as infection
  • Protect tooth roots exposed by receding gums from decay
  • Even the gum line to give the patient a more attractive smile.

Laser Dentistry of Erie can perform three different types of gum grafts:

  • Connective-tissue – Takes tissue from the roof of the mouth. This is the most common type of gum graft.
  • Free gingival – Takes tissue from the palate.
  • Pedicle – Takes tissue adjacent to the tooth being repaired.

Our laser technology makes a gum graft easier and more convenient for the patient. The procedure is faster, more comfortable, and involves minimal bleeding.

What causes receding gums?

Receding gums are a common symptom of gum disease, which occurs when an infection develops in the gums from the accumulation of plaque and bacteria.

The following also can cause gum recession:

  • Using an improper or overly vigorous brushing technique
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth (also known as bruxism)
  • Age
  • Misaligned bite, also known as malocclusion
  • Tongue and lip piercings, which can deteriorate gum tissue
  • Certain medical conditions or medications
  • Changes in hormones (pregnancy)

Genetics, diabetes, and hormone changes such as those experienced during pregnancy all can influence your risk factor for both gum disease and receding gums.

As always, prevention is the best defense against gum recession. Reduce your risk of gum disease, as well as gum recession, by maintaining a thorough regimen of at-home oral hygiene that includes brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist twice each year, and not using any tobacco products.

If you have receding gums and want to know more about our gum grafting procedures, then contact the office of Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615.

Laser Dentistry of Erie serves Erie, PA and the surrounding areas.