Restore Your Dental Health and Improve Your Appearance

If you have receding gums, you should schedule a visit with an experienced gum graft periodontist in North Toronto to discuss what options are available for treatment. Whether you are self conscious of your smile, have significant gum recession causing sensitivity to temperature or threatening the health of the teeth, receding gums can be effectively treated. You may already be aware of a procedure called a "gum graft”. A gum graft is a procedure that a periodontist can perform in order to recover some of the gumline that has been lost by using healthy tissue from other areas of the mouth. The procedure itself is very versatile and can be used to correct most levels of receding gums to restore healthy gums and protect the roots of the teeth.

Receding gums can be a common problem for people as they age, but this condition is not a normal part of aging. It can signify health issues and people should be on the lookout for any early signs of recession. Regular periodontal visits can help to identify any early warning signs and simplify treatment plans.

Are You a Candidate for Gum Graft?

If you have an issue with receding gums of any severity, you are likely a candidate for a gum graft. Your periodontist will be able to examine your gum tissue and the viability of the tissue in surrounding areas (such as the top of the mouth) to determine suitability for a graft. 

There are three common types of gum graft surgeries that are determined by where the healthy tissue is grafted from and the level of invasiveness of the procedure. For instance, a"Free Gingival” graft is when tissue is harvested directly from the top layer of tissue on the roof of the mouth, this can lead to a painful healing process.  A "Free Gingival” graft is when tissue is harvested, but in this case  tissue is harvested directly from the top layer of tissue on the roof of the mouth. For patients with excess gum tissue in the area, a "Pedicle” graft may be used to help remedy the recession. The newest technique is the "Connective Tissue” graft which harvests tissue from below the top layer of tissue on the roof of the mouth. This allows for a much less painful procedure and excellent aesthetic.

Take Control of Your Oral Health Today

Many periodontal diseases can progress without visual cues or pain. Regular periodontal examinations are your best defense to ensure your long-term oral health. If you are concerned about receding gums or have questions concerning any periodontal issues, contact the office of Dr. Lloyd Hoffman today to discuss all the treatment options that are available. Dr. Hoffman is a gum graft periodontist in North Toronto with over 30 years of experience and a state-of-the-art office conveniently located in Richmond Hill.