TREATMENTS FOR RECEDING GUMS
A periodontist, is the one who will typically treat receding gums. The process of treating receding gums comes down to protecting exposed roots and tissue of the teeth and replacing the damaged gum tissue.
Grafting of the gum tissue is a method for treating gum recession that can both create and augment areas of tissue coverage where none exists. It is important to restore as much of the natural structure and function of the gums as possible to protect the teeth. Grafting involves taking tissue from somewhere else in the mouth and attaching it to another area. For gum grafts, the tissue is most commonly taken from the roof of the mouth or behind the upper last tooth. Collagen membranes or purchased skin graft materials may also be used to grow back the gum tissue and cover the root surfaces.
Odontoplasty is the medical term for the process of reshaping and restoring the root structure of the teeth. Root debridement (cleaning) and reshaping are all extremely important factors that help the grafting of new tissue adhere to the exposed roots. Healing is also enhanced by the addition of growth factors or stem cells to encourage faster healing and bonding.
If you need treatments for receding gums or if you have questions about what dental care you may need, call us today at Loop Perio and schedule your appointment.