Gum Restoration Treatments
Gum recession (also referred to as gingival recession) is a common condition that can become exacerbated with age. While gum recession was once believed to be inevitable, modern science has developed several solutions for gum recession. At Smile Arts Dental, our qualified staff offers both surgical and non-surgical options for restoring your smile.
What causes gum recession?
Gum recession is exactly what it sounds like: gum tissue pulling back to reveal more of the tooth, or even the root, in extreme cases. The gaps created by gum recession are prime real estate for bacteria, which can lead to infection and gum disease.
While gum recession is partially due to aging, there are multiple external factors that can contribute to the condition. These include tobacco use, grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, hormone spikes, and an ineffective home dental routine.
How can our staff help you treat gum recession?
Our experienced doctors in Carmel offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments for gum disease. For patients who would like to avoid surgery, our team can provide top-notch regular cleanings. Routine dental visits are the best way to keep your smile clean and healthy. Frequent visits with your dentist can also help to diagnose and solve problems that can lead to gum recession, like excessive bruxism (teeth grinding).
You can also partner with our dentists to develop a comprehensive home care routine that will help reduce gum recession.
Benefits of Gingival Grafting
For patients with more severe cases of gum recession, gingival grafting is available. This surgical procedure involves the attachment of gum tissue to the area of recession, covering up any gaps and improving the look of your smile.
The tissue is usually obtained from your hard palate (the bony area behind your teeth), but donated tissue may be used as well. The benefits of gingival grafting are numerous. Not only can the process prevent further gum recession, it can also stabilize your teeth and reduce tooth sensitivity. With more than 20 years of dental experience, Dr. Alex Balaban can give you a smile you’re proud to show off.
To learn more about our gum restoration treatments, call Smile Arts Dental at (317) 575-1995 or request an appointment.