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Do you see exposed tooth roots when you look in the mirror? This may indicate gum recession, which can have both cosmetic and oral health implications. At Coast Dental Titusville in Florida, we understand the importance of addressing gum recession and offer effective treatments to improve your oral health.

Gum recession can occur due to various reasons, including gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), aggressive tooth brushing, foreign objects in the mouth, or a tooth developing outside the jawbone. If you have an exposed tooth root, you may experience sensitivity to temperature, and the breakdown of gum tissue can lead to infections and tooth loss.

Fortunately, there is a solution to treat gum recession: gingival grafting. If you have exposed tooth roots, it is crucial to consult with a dentist or periodontist. After a comprehensive examination, our periodontist will determine if you’re a candidate for a soft tissue graft. This procedure involves transplanting tissue from one area of your mouth to cover the exposed tooth root. The process typically takes about an hour and is virtually pain-free with the use of local anesthesia.

Following the graft, your discomfort will be minimal, even if tissue was obtained from the roof of your mouth. Your body’s natural healing process will integrate the graft into the surrounding tissue. For a few days after the procedure, your periodontist may recommend a soft diet and antibiotics. Otherwise, you can resume your normal activities.

A successful gum graft can alleviate tooth sensitivity, prevent further gum recession, and enhance the appearance of your smile. However, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene to preserve the results. This includes proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, a healthy diet, and regular dental and periodontal check-ups.

At Coast Dental Titusville, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain optimal gum health. Our experienced team is here to provide you with the necessary care and support to ensure your smile remains healthy for years to come. Contact our office today at (877) 880-1212 for a consultation and take the first step toward healthier gums!