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Gum Grafting Can Correct Gum Recession Caused By Periodontal Disease

Gum Graft in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may already be experiencing the discomfort and embarrassment of receding gums. Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue around your teeth wears away, exposing more of your tooth and its root. This can make for an unsightly and uneven gum line. It is vital to repair receding gums because without a proper barrier between your tooth roots and external stimuli, you have an increased risk of root decay, root damage, and tooth loss. To address this condition, we can provide you with a gum graft in Lewis Center, OH. 

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The Crown Placement Procedure

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that fits snuggly over the tooth, completely covering it. Crowns mimic the shape, color, strength and appearance of a tooth. Click on a thumbnail below to view the crown placing procedure.

The Benefits of a Crown Include:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Holding a filling in place
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen the teeth
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

How to Know if You May Need a Gum Graft

  • Root surface cavities
  • Root surface damage
  • Uneven gum line
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Teeth appear longer than normal
  • Tooth discoloration near the gum line
  • Presence of a notch on dent near the gum line

Is a Gum Graft for You?

Gingival recession can occur on one tooth or all of your teeth.  There are three types of gum grafting procedures: free gingival grafts, connective tissue grafts, and pedicle grafts. Dr. Heller will diagnose your receding gums and be able to inform you which procedure is right for you depending on your specific dental needs, including the severity and cause of this condition. 

You will be properly numbed for the procedure. Soft tissue from a second site in your mouth will be sourced and placed, or perhaps donor tissue will be utilized to repair your receding gums. Stitches are placed for healing. Dr. Heller will give you after care instructions including any diet restrictions, antibiotics, and pain medication, if necessary. You might be asked to rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash to promote healing and keep disease under control to ensure a successful graft. Many patients are able to resume their daily activities within a day or two.

Do not let receding gums be the cause of an unhealthy mouth. Treat gum recession and disease early to prevent further damage and other oral complications. Call Dr. Heller to schedule your consultation in Lewis Center, OH as soon as possible.

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