Gum recession is a serious condition that allows bacteria to build up below the gumline, which can lead to deterioration of bone, tooth loss, and more widespread problems. The tried and true method for treating severely receding gums is gum grafting. It's affective at halting the progress of gum disease, it will restore an attractive gumline and eliminate sensitivity, and Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose has years of experience performing gum grafting surgery in Chevy Chase, MD.
Gum grafting involves taking a small strip of tissue from another part of your mouth and carefully placing it under your gums. This tissue will immediately begin to bind to your exposed tooth roots, protecting them from decay and keeping out the bacteria that cause gum disease. Often, this will also allow bone tissue that has receded to regenerate around the tooth.
Dr. Rose will start by mapping out your gum recession and determining where gum grafting is needed and what can be dealt with in other ways. He'll then make sure you're comfortable using anasthesia. Depending on the extent of gum recession the procedure is generally competed in one or two visits with a possible follow-up visit to remove stitches. Recovery is generally easy. Most patients take over-the-counter analgesics for the first day and then they're fine. Within a few weeks your gums will feel and look completely healthy again.
Many people who are experiencing gum recession may not even notice the roots of their teeth being exposed, though they may feel greater sensitivity whenever they eat something hot, cold, or sweet. If you can see the roots of your teeth, your teeth look unusually long, or you're experiencing increased tooth sensitivity, come in for an exam.
If you do have gum recession, it's important that you come in soon to avoid more serious problems. There are several options available for treating it depending on the severity. It may be that a deep cleaning below your gums called scaling and root planing may be enough to reverse the recession. Dr. Rose is also adept at an advanced gum reconstruction procedure that is nearly pain free and requires no stitches. A needle is used to enter the gums and a special instrument gently readjust the gums to cover exposed roots. This procedure has proved to be very successful for patients. Ask Dr. Rose if you are a candidate.