Over time your gums can wear down. There are a variety of causes for gum recession, but the results are usually the same. Your teeth can look unnaturally long. If the recession isn’t consistent across your gums, some of your teeth may be noticeably longer. The appearance of your teeth is just the beginning, however. Unchecked gum recession can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, loose teeth, and even tooth loss, seriously compromising your smile. As accomplished periodontists, our team of doctors here at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology is specially trained in issues involving your gum health. We can restore your gums to their former beauty right here in our Wantagh, NY office through gum grafting.
With gum grafting, our team takes a piece of healthy gum tissue and places it in the area of your gum recession. This graft will eventually heal and become a seamless part of your gumline. It can be harvested from the roof of your mouth, from your own oversized gums, or from donor tissue. During the procedure, you will be numbed with a topical anesthetic and we may also prescribe medication for any subsequent pain you might experience. Gums usually heal quickly, and if you follow your post-op instructions strictly, you can experience an even speedier recovery. Gum grafting is a very effective procedure that yields stunning results, rebuilding your gumline and creating a more balanced relationship between your teeth and gums. Your tooth sensitivity will subside, and your teeth will become stronger and more stable. Set up a consultation at our Wantagh, NY office to see if gum grafting is right for you.
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