Gum recession exposes your tooth roots and increases your risk of tooth loss. Gum recession occurs gradually in the earliest stages of periodontal disease, making it difficult to self-diagnose. For this reason, we encourage you to visit our office regularly so that our dentist and team can check for signs of gum disease.
Gum recession may be caused by a variety of factors, including overaggressive brushing, poor oral hygiene, gum disease and the use of tobacco products. Some common symptoms of gum recession include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Exposed tooth roots
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Bad breath
- Teeth that look longer than normal
If your gum recession becomes more severe, Dr. Elizabeth Kim may recommend soft tissue grafting to correct the problem.
Also known as gum grafting, soft tissue grafting replaces the lost gingival tissue in the affected area to give you back healthy gum tissue and an even gum line. During this procedure, gum tissue is taken from another area of your mouth and stitched onto the areas of the gums that need additional tissue. In some cases, tissue-stimulating proteins may be used to encourage faster healing and your body’s natural growth abilities.
We will provide you with detailed instructions following your soft tissue grafting procedure to help you heal and recover without complications.
If you have any questions about soft tissue grafting in Lake Forest, California, and to set up an appointment with our dentist, please contact Lake Forest Dental today at 949.446.0700.