Gum Graft in Palatine, IL


Occasionally dental patients will suffer from gum recession on a specific tooth or in a localized area of the mouth. Gum recession is when the healthy margin of the gum tissue has crept down the surface of the tooth, exposing a portion of the root structure. This leaves the tooth predisposed to hypersensitivity as well as at risk of loss in stability.

Common Causes of Gum Recession:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Tobacco use
  • Oral piercings
  • Improperly fitted appliances
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Bruxism (grinding)

When the porous root areas are left exposed to outside stimulants, the nerve receptors become very sensitive, typically causing discomfort to cold or touch. The lack of supporting tissue around that portion of the root also predisposes the tooth to risks regarding the stability and health of the bone around the tooth. Severe gum recession can lead to loss of the tooth. Unfortunately, gums cannot grow themselves back to repair this damage.

Gum Graft Surgery: A Solution for Gum Recession

Gum graft is a therapeutic treatment that uses tissue from a donor site in the mouth, or tissue bank to repair the area of recession. A tissue is used to recreate the natural supportive structure along the tooth, covering the root and protecting the sensitive nerve endings. Older methods of graft therapy tended to cause moderate discomfort during the treatment and healing time. Newer advancements in grafting procedures have made gum grafting a routine therapy that has little to no discomfort. Depending on the type of graft used, there may not even be any sutures or invasive surgical procedures necessary. In fact, some newer types of tissue grafts use your remaining natural gingival tissue to hold the graft into place as it begins to fuse with the surrounding tissue, repairing the area and eliminating sensitivity.

Located in Palatine, IL, Maya Dental proudly serves the entire northwestern region of Chicago, including Deer Park, Barrington, Inverness, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Kildeer and beyond.

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