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At Innovative Dental By Dr. A, they offer patients a stress-free and pleasant experience while providing top-quality services. When it comes to gum recession surgery, Dr. A has produced extraordinary results. Regular examinations are critical to maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Dr. A is experienced in identifying when gum recession surgery may be a viable option for you.
Gum recession is the process in which the gums surrounding your teeth begin to wear away and recede. The reason this can be particularly dangerous (especially long-term) is because when the gum recedes, it is exposing more of your tooth and, in some instances, even your tooth’s root. When this occurs, you will have what is called a “pocket” or gap which forms between the tooth and the gum. Disease causing bacteria finds it much easier to build up in these situations.
There are many factors that lead to gum recession. Some of these include:
Many of our patients are not aware they even have a gum recession problem due to the very gradual nature in which it occurs. You may be experiencing gum recession if you experience tooth sensitivity, if you can feel a notch at the top of your tooth or if you see a noticeable change in the length of your tooth. All of these are reasons to visit Dr. A to get your gums checked out.
When you visit Dr. A, you will undergo a thorough examination and, if necessary, will be recommended for gum recession surgery. There are several methods of gum recession surgery to restore and repair a patient’s gums.
Regeneration is necessary when the bone supporting your tooth is damaged due to the gum recession. The gum tissue around the tooth or teeth is pulled back so that surrounding bacteria can be removed. A material whose purpose is to regenerate tissue is then applied that is meant to naturally push your body to generate new tissue, effectively replacing what was lost. The pulled back gum tissue is then put back into place.
Open flap scaling and root planing is a procedure in which the affected gum tissue is pulled back to remove the bacteria from the pockets which have formed. Once this is completed, the gum tissue is secured back over the tooth root. This will effectively eliminate the pocket or, at the very least, reduce the size of the pocket.
Soft tissue grafting is a broad term for several different procedures. The most common procedure is a connective tissue graft. A flap is cut in the roof of your mouth and tissue from underneath (called subepithelial connective tissue) is taken and attached, via stitches, to the affected gum tissue around your exposed root. Once completed, the flap which was cut from the roof of your mouth is re-attached.
Once you have had your successful gum recession surgery, it is critical that you take preventative action to ensure healthy gums and teeth moving forward. Regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash is the most important action you can take. In addition:
With appropriate oral hygiene practices and regular visits to Dr. A, you will maintain healthy gums and teeth that will have you showing off a beautiful, sparkling smile!
Dr. Anirudh Patel is a board-certified dentist at Innovative Dental by Dr. A in Philadelphia. A graduate of
Case Western Reserve
University, the University of Maryland (magna cum laude), and the Academy of
Modern Implant Dentistry, Dr. A is a board-certified American Dental Association (ADA) member and a member of Spear
Education and the
Spear Study Club and Phelan Dental Seminars.
He is currently pursuing his general dentistry fellowship and is qualified in all dental specialties, including dental surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontics, cosmetic and general dentistry. After practicing dentistry for eight years, Dr. A received the findatopdoctor.com award in 2022.
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