What are Signs of Gum Disease

August 8, 2019

Periodtontics and Gum DiseaseSo I bet you thought we were going to talk about bubble gum. If you did, sorry to disappoint you. We don’t know much about bubble gum but we do know a lot about gum tissue. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought “Why does one tooth look longer than the tooth next to it?” If you have, then you might have some gum recession. This means your gum tissue has receded from the tooth for one reason or another. It could be that you are brushing particularly hard in that area of the mouth or you’re not brushing well at all in that area. Either way the gum tissue is trying to protect itself from something – maybe the bristles of your tooth-brush or the bacteria that is being left on the tooth. There are a few different types of gum grafts we can do in our office. One graft, called a free gingival graft (no it’s not free), works by bulking up your gum tissue and/or giving you gum tissue that you may be lacking. The other type of graft, called a connective tissue graft, helps by covering the root surface of the tooth that is exposed. Both grafts help protect the tooth from bone loss, cold sensitivity, cavities on the root surface of a tooth and are esthetically pleasing when healed. If you think you would benefit from a gum graft, give us call and we would be happy to see if we can help. We can also explain the grafts in more detail and answer any of your questions.

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