As your dentist in Childersburg, AL, we’ll be the first to tell you that good oral health doesn’t mean your teeth are cavity-free and that’s it. Besides all that Dr. Garry Rice and our team can do for you and your smile, there’s something we can’t overlook and neither should you: Your gum or periodontal health. From how your gums look and function to risks of inflammation and infection, it’s important to never overlook your gum health so we can better protect your oral and overall health.
Why Should I Care if My Gums are Healthy?
When patients have trouble with their gums, including pain and swelling, one of the most common things that can happen is gum recession. Your gums will recede or shrink due to over-brushing or due to some orthodontic treatments. Gingivitis is another term you’ll hear at our dental office in Childersburg because when you have a history of it, there can be more long-term effects to your oral and even your overall health. If we don’t get to the bottom of it, receded gums can leave your tooth roots exposed making them susceptible to decay and sensitivity.
What Can a Gum Graft Do For Me?
A gum graft is going to benefit you by reversing all of these things we just mentioned. The end result is your gums will once again be in perfect condition. Your gum grafting will depend on making sure you’re prepared for treatment and comfortable in recovery. We can use a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or nearby health gum tissue that’s grafted into place. Using your natural healthy tissue, it will help to correct issues and protect your teeth from needing more work down the road.
What to Expect After Your Gum Graft
As with many of the treatments your dentist in Childersburg will recommend, the long-term success of your gum graft will take place during your recovery period. Make sure to follow your instructions and take any prescriptions to ensure proper healing. A gum graft won’t change your smile overnight, but after a few weeks of getting better, you’re going to notice a healthier, more even appearance to your gums.
Do you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice? It’s easy. Simply call (256) 380-4002 or contact us online. Tell us what time works best for you and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate your schedule. We can’t wait to hear from you!