When your gum line has receded due to periodontal disease or other factors, Dr. Smith can provide you with a guided tissue regeneration treatment to help you regain healthy gum tissue around your teeth.
Your gums may recede for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):
- Periodontal disease
- Overaggressive brushing
- Poor dental hygiene at home
- Genetic factors
- Grinding and clenching your teeth
- Hormonal changes
- Use of tobacco products
- Crooked teeth
As the gums recedes, small pockets form between the teeth and gums, creating spaces in your mouth where disease-causing bacteria can accumulate. Not only does this increase your risk of damaging your teeth, gums, and bone structure, but it also increases tooth sensitivity and impacts the appearance of your smile.
Guided tissue regeneration is a periodontal treatment that works by harnessing your body’s natural capacity to regenerate and regrow tissue and bone. When you receive this treatment, Dr. Smith will remove harmful bacteria from your teeth and below your gum line. He will then place a regenerative material, such as a membrane or tissue graft, under the gums. This will help encourage your body to regenerate the tissues in that area.
Once the regenerative material has been placed, Dr. Smith will replace the gums over the tooth root and suture them in place. Over time, this will help correct your gum recession and encourage proper tissue growth. Guided tissue regeneration can also be used for cases where patients have lost bone tissue.
Please call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smith and to learn more about guided tissue regeneration.