With gum recession the tissues surrounding the visible base of your teeth begin to move down, exposing the dentin, the yellow part of your teeth at the roots. This can result in issues from discomfort while eating to lost teeth. While you can prevent some of the causes of gum recession—for example, overly aggressive brushing—other factors such as heredity and even medications are generally beyond your control.
Connective Tissue Graft
Gums normally block bacteria from getting to your tooth roots. Without sufficient gums, as occurs during gum recession, you can suffer decay that leads to bone deterioration and further gum loss, and eventually start losing teeth. Don’t let this happen to your smile! Dr. Blue and our staff have the training and expertise to save your gums and restore your smile.
If Dr. Blue determines that your gum recession is so severe that you require surgery, he and our staff can perform a gum grafting procedure right here in our Basalt, CO office to give you back your full gum health and appearance. Gum grafting involves suturing a new section of gum over the recessed gum area. This necessitates taking a piece of flesh either from under the roof of your mouth, directly from the roof of your mouth, from the area around the affected gums, or from a donor source, depending upon your specific needs and preference.
What causes gum recession
Dr. Blue pioneered the modified internal mattress sling (MIMS) gum grafting technique, which combines two existing suturing methods to render the sutures themselves virtually invisible. That means that even if Dr. Blue has to perform gum grafting in your smile zone—the area of your gums visible when you smile—no one will even know you have sutures!
Dr. Blue commonly performs a tunneling procedure, consisting of lifting an area of gum between two teeth and placing an excised section of gum underneath. After gum grafting is completed, the grafted portion of flesh will heal and seamlessly become a part of your gums, looking as if it had been there all along!