Have your gums started to expose the tooth roots that they’re supposed to be protecting? Unfortunately, lost gum tissue doesn’t grow back. The only way to reverse the damage is with a connective tissue grafting procedure in Greybull. With Dr. Lance Anderson’s expertise, you don’t have to worry about the surgery; we’ll take every step to ensure your comfort until the process is complete. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you think your teeth have been looking longer than usual lately.
Why have you started to lose some of your gum tissue? There can actually be multiple answers to that question since, just like with your teeth, there are numerous factors that can wear down your gums over time. One of the most common reasons is brushing your teeth too hard. You don’t need to scrub your teeth the same way you scrub your floors; in fact, doing so is more likely to damage the gums as well as your enamel. It’s always better to brush using gentle circles.
Sometimes gum recession is an unfortunate side effect of gum disease. Such infections are more likely to occur if you don’t brush and floss regularly in addition to attending your regular dental checkups. As gum disease worsens and reaches the periodontitis stage, it causes the gum tissue to pull away and form pockets.
Of course, gum recession is a very gradual process; you may not even realize that it’s happening until you notice that your teeth are starting to become more sensitive and look longer than normal.
Even though your lost gum tissue won’t regenerate, it can still be replaced by other healthy tissue in your mouth. At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Anderson will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area; he’ll also administer any form of dental sedation that you might need to stay calm. Once the surgery begins, a small amount of skin is removed from the roof of your mouth to give Dr. Anderson access to the connective tissue underneath. Bits of the tissue are taken and carefully stitched to the area where the gum recession occurred. (Sometimes tissue from a tissue bank is used instead depending on your situation.) Once the appearance of the gums is restored and the tooth roots are once again protected, we can stitch the palate closed to complete the procedure.
Like with any oral surgery, you can expect a certain amount of discomfort, swelling, and bleeding for a few days after the procedure. These side effects should last no longer than two weeks. In the days immediately following the surgery, take pain medication as directed and stick to soft foods. Call Dr. Anderson if any uncontrollable bleeding or severe pain occurs.