Gum Grafting in Denver, CO

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Gum Grafting

Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease, and sensitivity while giving you a great smile. Routine dental check-ups along with proper brushing are essential for maintaining healthy gums; however some patients may require treatment.

Many people suffer from gingival (gum) recession as they age. Gingival recession is when the marginal gum tissue wears away or pulls back leaving the tooth’s root exposed. The most common fix is gum grafting. Clenching and grinding, aggressive tooth brushing, orthodontic treatment and periodontal disease are the primary causes of gum recession, which can lead to the following:

  • unattractive smile
  • root sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • loss of supporting bone
  • tooth decay (the exposed root surface is not protected by enamel)
  • plaque build-up
  • risk of future recession

Gum recession is often caused by any number of the following contributing factors:

  1. Clenching and Grinding: excessive forces generated between the dental arches is transfer to the supporting gum and bone tissue and can cause them to break down.
  2. Poor Quality of Gum Tissue: technically the THIN biotype. A thin, fragile gum biotype is more likely to recede than a thick, strong one: the THICK biotype. A bad biotype is the PRIME MOVER of all recessions!
  3. Inadequate Brushing: if you use an excessively stiff toothbrush, if you “harshly” brush your teeth in the wrong way (e.g. horizontally) you damage both your enamel and gums. The most affected teeth are canines and premolars. Their position on the maximum curvature of dental arch accounts for their higher vulnerability to aggressive brushing.
  4. Malocclusion or Tooth Crowding: a crooked tooth often lacks of pink gingiva (the ‘strong’ firm gum protecting teeth).
  5. Eating Disorders: stomach acid from self-induced vomiting damages both enamel and gums.
  6. Nutrition and Chemicals: alcohol, nicotine, sparking drinks, coffee, acidic drinks (lemon and orange juice) can all contribute to gum recession.
  7. Periodontal Disease: it’s a chronic inflammation disease of the “scaffold” of gums (periodontitis). It destroys bone and gum.
  8. Trauma: abrasion created from the piercing of lips, tongue, frenulum, cheeks can cause gum recession
  9. Scurvy: vitamin C deficiency has been linked to gum recession.
  10. Poor Dental Care: worsens periodontal disease.
  11. Orthodontics: some tooth movements can shift your tooth towards the external (buccal) part of the alveolar process. Meanwhile your tooth looses its external bone support (the buccal bone plate) creating gum recession.

Gum recession is sometimes treated by retrieving soft tissue from the roof (palate) of your mouth.

Using growth factors found within your very own blood cells that induce stem cell proliferation into the surgical areas, we are able to restore your gums through innovative methods that heal much faster than traditional techniques. Cells and biochemicals in your blood work as growth factors to stimulate natural healing of your gums.

Recovery instructions may include but are not limited to:

  • limit tooth brushing near site
  • avoid chewing near site
  • use mouth rinse, antibiotics and pain medications as prescribed

I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.

- Steve

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