If you have sensitive teeth and are interested in having a gum graft in
Nassau County and Cedarhurst, NY, set up a consultation with Dr. Marc Levine as soon as possible. Dr. Levine performs gum grafting procedures for patients who have a significant amount of gum recession and resulting sensitive teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum recession include root exposure, sensitive teeth, cavities, and aesthetic concerns. If there is not adequate gum tissue present, the bone and gums can deteriorate and lead to tooth loss.
Cosmetic Benefits of Gum Grafting
If you are self-conscious about large teeth or embarrassed about the amount of tooth surface that shows when you smile, you may benefit from a gum graft. Gum grafting techniques will return the gum line to a healthier level and reduce the amount of tooth structure that shows when you smile. They can also increase the overall health of the gums and teeth. The three types of gum grafting procedures that can be helpful for treating sensitive teeth resulting from gum recession include connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts.
Connective Tissue Grafts
These are the most common types of gum grafts and are used to treat root exposure around a single or several teeth. During this procedure, Dr. Levine will cut a flap of skin from the roof of the mouth and remove a sample of tissue from under the flap. The flap is stitched down and the excised tissue is sutured to the gum tissue that surrounds the exposed root of the tooth in need.
Free Gingival Grafts
Another procedure that may be performed to manage sensitive teeth and gum recession is the free gingival graft. In this procedure, a small amount of tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gums. This can be a good choice for those who have naturally thin gums.
In this procedure, the gum tissue is grafted from the tissue around the tooth that needs to be repaired. A flap is partially cut away so that only an edge remains attached and the flap is then pulled over to cover the exposed root. If necessary, Dr. Levine may turn to a tissue bank for grafting material.
Gum recession will not resolve on its own. If you are concerned about sensitive teeth or think you may be a good candidate for a gum graft in
Nassau County and Cedarhurst, NY, set up your consultation with Dr. Levine today!