Here’s what you need to know about a gum graft

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When it comes to achieving the perfect smile that dreams are made of, nothing is more of a buzzkill than receded gums, whether it’s just around a single tooth or involving multiple teeth. They can make your teeth look disproportionate and long, ruining the complete look of your teeth. In addition to ruining your smile, gum recession can have some dire consequences, such as tooth sensitivity and the tendency for decay. It happens when the roots of your teeth are exposed. It can be very uncomfortable and even painful.  But the good news is that this problem is easily treated, and you may get that ideal smile you’ve always wanted after all!

To fix this, your periodontist Drs. Heller, Beckman, Thousand and Hyer may recommend a gum graft. It may seem scary, but let me assure you, it sounds worse than it is. d

What is gum grafting?

Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that entails removing a piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue, and using it to cover the exposed tooth roots, or where your gums have worn away. It seeks to restore your natural gum line and can noticeably improve your smile and stop the progression of further gum recession.

Doctors Heller, Beckman, Thousand, and Hyer at Periodontal Associates are highly skilled at performing this simple surgical procedure to provide you with the best treatment outcomes. We encourage you to reach out to us and book an appointment via phone call (303)-755-4500 (Aurora) or (303)795-5700 (Littleton) or by visiting our website

Why are gum grafts necessary?

One of the most common complications of gum disease is gum recession. Gums can begin to recede due to many reasons; aggressive tooth brushing, crooked teeth and poor oral hygiene, and grinding or clenching to name a few.

When your gums begin to recede, they start to pull away from the tooth, exposing the roots. It not only makes the tooth look ugly, but it can eventually start to destroy the supporting structures of the tooth specifically the bone that holds the teeth in your mouth, leading to both tooth and bone loss. To repair the damage, alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression, gum grafts may be necessary.

When do you need gum grafts?

Gum grafts are needed when your gums have receded to a point where the roots of your teeth are visible. Having this surgery will prove beneficial to you in numerous ways. It can halt gum recession, tooth decay, and infections and hence prevent tooth and bone loss.

Additionally, it can drastically improve the symptoms associated with gum recession, such as sensitivity, bleeding gums, and compromised esthetics.

Collectively, this can turn out to be immensely advantageous for preserving the health of your oral cavity and attaining a gorgeous smile that will help you regain that confidence!

To learn more about the benefits of gum grafting in restoring receded gums, please do not hesitate to contact us at (303)-755-4500 (Aurora) or (303)-795-5700 (Littleton). Doctors Heller, Beckman, Thousand, and Hyer look forward to answering any questions you might have.

The doctors at Periodontal Associates Littleton and Aurora create treatment plans specifically tailored to meet the demands and concerns of every patient. Contact us today for a consultation so you can begin your journey with us towards a beautiful smile!