Even though the signs of periodontitis seem to be absent such as bleeding gums, weak and loose teeth as well as red and swollen teeth, you may still have gingival recession which is characterised by the receding of gums that will eventually reveal the dentine as well as the roots of the teeth. This is why you need to have the gums regularly checked as well when you pay a visit to the dentist’s clinic.
Gingiva serves as the protector of your teeth by tightly wrapping itself around the teeth. It can also serve as the shock absorber when you are brushing or chewing your food. The mucosa below the gingiva is very thin and therefore has more sensitivity. If this is damaged during the recession, your teeth will be more prone to bacterial infection.
However, if you only are experiencing minor recession, there is no need for you to have a major dental operation. The healthy gingiva left can protect your teeth. Nevertheless, you still have to go to the dentist and check on the receding gingival.
However, you must be careful not to let the recession reach the mucosa. Otherwise, it will weaken the immune system and make your body prone to infection and other diseases. If this happens, your life will be put at risk. In addition to this, if the gingival recession reaches the roots of the teeth, root infections may occur and damage the teeth even further.
To solve this problem effectively, a gingival graft is in order. This commonly involves the following processes.
This involves rebuilding the gums as part of the new reconstructed gingival tissue. The process normally takes about half to one whole hour.
Use of Local Anaesthetic
Local anaesthesia is applied to relieve the patient of any pain he may feel during the operation. Pain medication will also be given to the patient to relieve him or her of any postoperative pain.
The dentist has two tissue sources to choose from when trying to cover the affected gingival.
The roof of your mouth
This source is rich with identical tissue that can be assimilated by the gingiva itself.
Any nearby tissue from the patient’s body
The process will help create a protective shield against bacterial infection and progressive recession. It will take the entire procedure about an hour. Then you would have to come back to the clinic to have the stitches removed and take medication for the pain and to hasten the recovery of your gums.
Now it is clear that the recession can happen without any symptom of gum disease. If you feel that you have budding gum recession, do not procrastinate in seeking treatment. If you practice simple dental care methods at home such as brushing your teeth regularly, it will save you much time and money. Gingival grafts can be helpful in preventing these kinds of conditions.
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