Gum grafts may be necessary if you have receding gums or if you want to improve the appearance of you smile. Also, loss of tissue around the teeth can be the beginning of serious oral health problems.

When gums recede, the margin of the tissue surrounding the tooth wears away, exposing more of the tooth.

Gum disease (periodontitis) is a common problem that affects most people at some time in their lives. It can be treated in the dental office successfully, especially if it is diagnosed and treated early.

Receding gums is such a gradual process that most people don't notice it without regular dental check-ups. If not treated, damage can occur to the surrounding bone and can result in the loss of teeth. Additionally, an exposed tooth root can not only look bad, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods.

Dr. Powell has more than 25 years of grafting experience and offers different types of grafts depending on the patient's specific needs.

Types of Grafts

Connective-tissue Grafts
Unlike other connective tissue grafts, Dr. Powell offers a type of grafting using the patient's own blood platelets to aid in the healing process. The grafting has offered Dr. Powell's patients faster healing than traditional grafting surgeries and delivers great cosmetic results. It also avoids the complications and discomfort associated with other techniques.

This is the newest grafting technology offered in the dental field today and is the same procedure used widely in medicine for many applications with excellent results.

Free Gingival Grafts
During this procedure, a thin layer of skin is removed from the palate (roof of the mouth) and is "grafted" to help prevent gum recession.

Ask Dr. Powell how grafting can help protect your teeth from bone loss and sensitivity.