Receding Gums?

Mountain Periodonitcs - Blue Ridge, GA, and Franklin, NC

Gum recession can harm more than just aesthetics

Have you noticed that you have a receding gum line? Are you ready to do something about it? Gum recession is a common problem that affects anywhere between 4-12 percent of adults. Often, this disease goes unnoticed until it’s too late. If left untreated it can lead to exposed tooth roots, sensitive teeth, gum disease and even tooth loss. Dr. Gregg Codelli is ready to help you fix your gum lines with gum grafting, an advanced dental procedure designed to help you repair the damage caused when the gums recede.

Types of Gum Grafting Procedures

The gum grafting procedure is typically carried out in one of three different ways: Connective-tissue grafts, free gingival grafts and pedicle grafts:

In connective tissue grafts, the effects of receding gums are fought by trimming tissue from underneath a pre-cut flap in the roof of your mouth. After removal from the roof of your mouth, the tissue is then stitched around the exposed root. After Dr. Codelli is finished with the procedure, the flap made in the roof of your mouth is reconnected.

Free gingival grafts are similar to connective tissue grafts. In this procedure, however, tissue is removed directly from the roof of your mouth instead of from underneath. If you’re suffering from thin gums, this is the most common procedure used to alleviate the problem.

Pedicle grafts involve siphoning tissue from around the gums and teeth instead of from the roof of your mouth. This is a technique that requires a fair amount of gum tissue near the tooth, so some patients might not be candidates for this type of gum grafting. Dr. Codelli will discuss this with you at your consultation.

After your procedure

Upon completion of the procedure, you will be able to return to you normal activities and work. Should Dr. Codelli need to administer any sedatives, you might want to ask a friend or family member to pick you up from his office.

If you’re experiencing issues with receding gums or feel concerned about the placement of your gums, contact Dr. Codelli today.

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