Do few of your teeth look longer than the others or do you feel any uncomfortable sensitivity to cold and hot? This might be because of your receeding gums. A receeded gum line causes the roots of the teeth to get exposed which in turn causes sensitivity. The answer to this problem is a gum graft surgery.

Causes of gum recession

Gum recession can be attributed to several causes, the most common being periodontal disease. Inadequate oral hygiene, excessive hard tooth brushing, orthodontic treatment, smoking, genetic makeup, hormone changes and diabetes are few other reasons of gum recession.

Here are some of the most common types of gum grafting:

Free gingival graft – This procedure is often used to thicken gum tissue.  A layer of tissue is removed from the palate and relocated to the area affected by gum recession.  Both sites will quickly heal without permanent damage.

Connective tissue graft – This procedure is commonly used to cover exposed roots.  Tissue is removed fairly painlessly from the inner layer of the palate and relocated to the site of gum recession.

Major benefits associated with gum grafting are:

Reduced sensitivity –Gum grafting surgery permanently covers the exposed root, helps reduce sensitivity, and restores the good health of the gums.

Improved appearance –Gum grafting can make the teeth look shorter, more symmetrical and generally more pleasing to look at.  In addition, adjacent tissue can be enhanced and augmented during the procedure for aesthetic purposes.

Improved gum health – Periodontal disease can progress and destroy gum tissue very rapidly.  If left untreated, a large amount of gum tissue can be lost in a short period of time.  Gum grafting can help halt tissue and bone loss; preventing further problems and protecting exposed roots from further decay.

So, if you have been confronting this problem alone, call your dentist right away and fix your gums before things get worser! Keep your gums healthy and keep smiling!