Receding gums can be treated with gum graft surgery, but it’s not the only way. The sooner any periodontal disease is diagnosed and treated, the more alternatives we have to prevent further damage, increase the rate of success, and prevent tooth loss. Gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis, affects a big percentage of the population over 30 years old.
Preventing long-term damage can be achieved by stopping any gum disease progress, preferably at an early stage. Our team of dentists and periodontists work together, providing the best attention and long-term success treatments. Doing a proper comprehensive and oral evaluation together with x-rays and CBCT scan when needed will allow them to see if there is any indication of damage to the underlying soft and connective tissue.
Aging is the most natural and the one thing we cannot stop. Several other factors can cause receding gums, like brushing vigorously or poor oral hygiene. The accumulation of plaque bacteria causes the gums’ inflammation, which causes the gum to bleed when brushing. If left untreated, it can deteriorate the gum into receding.
When inflammation occurs, the gum will start to recede and become an area susceptible to an accumulation of bacteria. Once bacteria and plaque harden, it becomes tartar, allowing bacteria to put you at risk of infections, tooth decay, and severe gum disease.
Gum disease is better known as periodontitis, which gives you a higher probability of premature tooth loss. Other insurgent factors are genetics, medical family history, and hormone imbalances.
A dentist may refer you to a periodontist in Tijuana, depending on the severity of the receding. But if the receding is enough to show your teeth’ roots, gum graft surgery may be recommended.
This surgery works by attaching tissue or “graft,” specifically to cover the tooth’s exposed area, allowing it to restore a natural gum line. This is one reason why gum graft surgery is also used for cosmetic improvements. We most commonly use the harvest technique that consists of taking a thin layer of soft tissue from the palate of your own mouth, using it for graft, making it easier for the recovery process and body acceptance.
Depending on the procedure, it can take just a few days to recover fully. Meanwhile, some food restrictions might need to be followed, such as going into a soft foods diet. Also, medication will help you handle pain or discomfort and reduce the risk of infection during the healing process.
Dental Alvarez has several dentists with different dental specialties, which provides an advantage of not having to wait for another specialist to evaluate your situation. Besides having certified dentists in Tijuana, our dental clinic has the latest dentistry technology and our dental laboratory.
Always remember, the sooner the symptoms are addressed, the better. If any discomfort or visual problems arise, please get in contact with us.