Dr. J. Brent Bartruff offers his patients a gum graft in Fort Walton Beach, FL to correct gum recession. Gum recession can be a result of several factors, but is often caused by progressing gum disease.
Dr. Bartruff will recommend a gum grafting procedure in cases where the root is exposed on one or more teeth. Receded gums can facilitate the development of cavities, as well as bone and gum deterioration caused by gum disease. A gum graft can also be performed for aesthetic reasons, to create your most beautiful smile.
Schedule a examination today! Have your gum recession treated with a gum graft in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Receding gums is often the most noticeable result of gum disease. It is the process where your gum line wears away from the root, or moves down the tooth. The tooth will appear longer as the root becomes exposed, which often causes sensitivity. Symptoms of gum recession range from affecting one tooth or many and causing extreme sensitivity or none at all.
It is important to have your gum recession treated because your gum tissue is the primary barrier to bacteria. Root exposure from gum recession increases the vulnerability of the tooth, which can result in further disease, gum and bone deterioration, and even tooth loss.
For those who feel that their teeth are too large or are unhappy with the length of their teeth, Dr. Bartruff can reshape your smile by returning your gum line to a more natural position. Not only does this give you more confidence in your appearance, but it will improve the overall health of your gums and teeth by combating gum disease and root decay.
The three types of gum grafts are connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts. Dr. Bartruff will determine which procedure is best suited for you depending on your situation and needs.
A connective tissue graft is the most common form of gum grafting. This procedure requires Dr. Bartruff to remove tissue from the roof of the mouth, from under a flap that he creates, which he then sutures to the area lacking gum tissue around the tooth root. A free gingival graft is similar, except that tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth and not from under a flap created by Dr. Bartruff. A pedicle graft uses tissue from around the area needing repair. A flap is cut and pulled over the area needing coverage.
If you have noticed gum recession or any of the signs of gum disease, Dr. Bartruff in Fort Walton Beach, FL can help. Call our office today to receive treatment for your gum recession!