Gum Grafting Kansas City
Treating Gum Recession in Mission KS
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
For treatment of Gum Grafting, we have partnered with Dr. Audra Ward from Ward Periodontics. Dr. Ward is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She is also a practitioner of the prestigious Bale Doneen Method which focuses on the connections between periodontal diseases and systemic disease. Dr. Ward is available to perform treatment and see consultations in our office on the first Monday of every month.
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A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.