Connective tissue graft surgery is not as intimidating as it sounds. It may be a necessary procedure to protect your teeth if your gums are receding. When your gums recede, it means that some of the tissue surrounding a tooth starts to pull away, which exposes the tooth’s root. This can cause damage to the bone supporting that tooth, as well as increased tooth sensitivity.

If your gums are receding and not treated early, you could end up with permanent, severe damage to your teeth and bones. We will check for early signs of gum recession during a routine teeth cleaning and then recommend the right treatment. In many cases, connective tissue graft surgery may be the answer. Learn more about this procedure below.

Causes of Gum Recession

The first step of treating gum recession is to determine the cause. If we can isolate the cause, we may be able to find other ways of treatment. In more severe cases or when the cause is untreatable, we may have to resort to surgery. These are some of the possible causes of gum recession:

• Inflammation or infection from plaque and bacteria

• Excessive tooth brushing

• Periodontitis (gum disease)

• Orthodontics (sometimes braces can irritate your gums)

• Bruxism (teeth grinding)

What to Expect Afterward

It may take up to two weeks for your mouth to fully heal. During the healing process, you will need to avoid hard or hot foods/drinks. You may also need to rinse your mouth to control plaque while you are healing.

If you notice that your gums are receding, or if you have any questions about connective tissue graft surgery, contact Dental Innovations today!