Receding gums is an issue that affects 57 percent of Canadians, leading to problems like enamel erosion and teeth sensitivity. While this problem was previously only seen with age, dentists and periodontists alike have seen that change.
Today, more young people than ever before are showing signs of gum recession. Experts claim this issue is caused by over-brushing, poor diets, and nighttime grinding.
Luckily, there is a treatment that can help people suffering from the symptoms of receding gums. Gum grafts are like skin grafts in that they replace the old tissue and encourage the growth of new gum tissue.
If you think you might need gum grafts, you’re not alone. Read these top five reasons for getting gum graft surgery to find out if you need to schedule an appointment with our dental hygienists.
1. Tooth Sensitivity
One of the most commonly cited reasons for getting gum grafts is to reduce sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity may be a symptom of a more serious underlying issue, but it may also be because the root of your tooth is exposed. A gum graft can replace or repair the missing tissue and greatly reduce your pain and discomfort when eating extremely cold or hot foods.
While most of the problems on this list are age-related and more of a medical condition, some people prefer to get gum grafts to improve the appearance of their smile.
When gums recede (or are naturally smaller), this can give the appearance of larger, longer teeth. A gum graft can give you back the gum tissue you’ve lost (or never had), making your smile look more uniform.
3. Gum Disease
Individuals who are experiencing or have already undergone surgery for gum disease are at a higher risk of needing gum grafts. That’s because gum disease can cause a rapid loss of global gum tissue. Even if you’re only experiencing the gingivitis stage of gum disease, you may want to consider a gum graft to prevent some of the issues associated with receding gums.
4. Receding Gums
You may have perfect oral health but go into your local dentists’ office one day and learn you need a gum graft. The majority of people don’t notice the gradual loss of gums since it’s such a slow process.
But don’t put it off if your dentist or periodontist suggests the procedure. Getting a gum graft early can mean the difference between preventing tooth loss and a mouth-wide catastrophe.
5. To Prevent Tooth Loss
As you age, your gums will naturally begin to recede. Even if you don’t think you fall into any of the aforementioned categories, you may still need a gum graft to prevent tooth loss. That’s because as you lose gum tissue over time, there’s less to hold your teeth in place in case of accident or injury.
Get a Gum Graft Before It’s Too Late
Have you or your dental professional noticed you might need a gum graft? Then it’s time to find out how the dental hygiene services at Southern Ontario Dental College can assist you. Learn more about our services and leave your contact information to find out if you qualify.