Did you know that it’s possible to brush your teeth too hard? Many patients think that brushing vigorously is the key to removing the most plaque, however it’s also removing your gum tissue, and unfortunately it won’t grow back, and surgery is the only way to restore it. Loss of gum tissue can also be caused by periodontal (gum) disease, and it can cause a host of issues. Dr. Joe Provines is here to discuss gum grafting and what you can expect from gum surgery in Sunnyvale.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup cause your gums to recede, or separate from your teeth, allowing harmful bacteria below the gum line. That bacteria causes an infection that will eventually destroy your bone and soft tissues if left untreated. When the support system for your teeth is destroyed, it will lead to tooth loss.
The Effects of Gum Recession
Whether it’s the effects of gums disease or vigorous brushing, gum recession impacts your oral health in many ways. It can cause your roots to be exposed, which causes pain and sensitivity. It can also contribute to tooth loss and the damaging effects of gum disease. It’s at this point that Dr. Provines may recommend gum grafting in Sunnyvale.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is a surgery that involves adding a small amount of your own tissue taken from other parts of the mouth, to your recessed and damaged areas. This encourages regeneration and revitalization of your gum line, which will protect your roots and restore your appearance and oral health.
Will Gum Grafting Hurt?
This procedure can be completed at any of our three locations and Dr. Provines has over thirty years of performing these surgeries. Dental anesthetics will ensure that you’re comfortable during surgery and we’ll walk you through the recovery process to make it as smooth as possible.
For our patients who experience fear or anxiety around their dental appointments we offer dental sedation that will help you feel relaxed and at ease during your procedure. Dr. Provines is happy to discuss your options for dental sedation with you if necessary.
Contact Our Office
Dr. Provines offers comprehensive dental care at three convenient CA locations. Routine cleanings and checkups are your best line of defense against gum disease and other conditions. For more information on gum grafting, or to schedule your next appointment we invite you to call our office today.