Brushing too rigorously can damage sensitive gum tissue (gingiva) and cause recession. Receded gums expose the nerves and roots of teeth leaving them vulnerable to hot and cold sensitivity as well as bacterial invasion. Gum tissue does not regrow naturally, once it has deteriorated, it is gone for good. Tissue grafting can be performed to repair receded gums and cover the exposed nerves therefore reducing tooth sensitivity.
Minor recession does not result in serious consequences since enough healthy gum tissue remains to protect the underlying tooth structure. Minor recession can be maintained with proper home care.
How is tissue grafting done?
During the tissue grafting procedure, a thin layer of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from neighbouring areas within the mouth. This grafted tissue provides a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
If you have severe gingival recession or are experiencing hot or cold sensitivity, call us today to find out if you are good candidate for tissue grafting.