Gum recession is a progressive periodontal condition that can lead to pain, sensitivity, or tooth loss if left untreated by a periodontist.
At Justin M. Schlaikjer, DDS, MS Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we can perform a gum graft to restore damaged tissue—for good.
Why should you visit our St. Louis, MO, office if you need a gum graft?
Top 3 Benefits of Gum Grafting
Protect Your Smile
Gum recession is a consequence of untreated periodontal disease. Because both gum recession and periodontal disease are considered chronic issues, they will cause more widespread issues if left untreated. With periodontal treatment and a soft tissue graft, Dr. Schlaikjer can eliminate gum disease, stop gum recession, and prevent tooth loss.
Restore Your Comfort
Gum recession leaves your tooth roots exposed and prone to sensitivity, which can make eating and drinking painful. A gum graft addresses root exposure, reducing sensitivity and relieving discomfort so you can comfortably enjoy all your favorite hot and cold drinks and foods again.
Smile with Confidence
Uneven or damaged gum tissue can affect the balance and symmetry of your smile, making your teeth appear longer than they actually are. When performing a gum graft, our periodontist will create a healthier, more even gum line that helps your smile look more balanced and more beautiful, boosting your confidence.
Gum Recession Is Very Common
Before Performing the Procedure, a Periodontist Will Evaluate:
Your Commitment to Oral Hygiene
To protect the results of your treatment, you will need to practice good brushing and flossing habits and attend your recommended dental checkups. These simple steps can prevent the recurrence of gum disease and gum recession.
Your Overall Health
To reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Schlaikjer will recommend you stop unhealthy habits like smoking and ensure that you are in good overall health. You will be provided with further instructions, like discontinuing certain medications, before the procedure as well.
The Procedure Can Save You Time & Money in the Long Run
Many patients put off soft tissue grafting because they think they don't need the procedure. But leaving gum recession or gum disease untreated can lead to more extensive issues including tooth loss and bone loss.
A gum graft has a quicker treatment time and recovery and lower overall cost than dental implant treatment, which is considered the optimal treatment for tooth loss. For these reasons, undergoing periodontal treatment now can save you time and money on more costly restorative treatments that address the more severe consequences of gum recession.
Advanced Tools & Training Ensure Your Comfort
By choosing a periodontist rather than a general dentist, you will receive specialized care from an extensively trained doctor. Periodontists focus on the treatment of the gums, which allows them to provide more personalized treatment and deliver outstanding results.
Periodontists' offices like ours are also equipped with the latest tools including dental lasers, which are designed to make procedures like soft tissue grafts safer and more efficient and comfortable.
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