Rebuilding Your Receding Gums

gum diseaseSome of our patients have receding gums, or are at risk of future gum recession. In these cases Dr. Miller is one of the few dentists who can perform connective tissue grafting to rebuild the gums.

Why would a person need connective tissue grafting?

Gum recession can occur for various reasons. Mild recession, which usually can be reversed, can even occur from a person brushing too aggressively. More serious recession can be due to these reasons:

  • There is insufficient attached tissue around the base of the teeth
  • There is a malocclusion (bit imbalance) causing excessive pressure on the teeth
  • A patient has undergone orthodontic treatment
  • There is insufficient or thin bone over the tooth roots

Correcting gum recession

Connective tissue grafting can correct existing recession, cover exposed roots, and prevent further recession. This procedure formerly involved transplanting tissue from the roof of the mouth onto the gum area. Of course, this created two surgery sites, doubling the patient’s recovery areas.

Now, Dr. Miller uses Allograft tissue for his connective tissue grafting. Allograft comes from a tissue bank and has been cleaned to an acellular level so that it is safe for use in the body. Once the Allograft tissue is in place your body’s cells work to replace the donor material with your own tissue. This new tissue will now cover and protect the tooth roots that were exposed.

Dr. Miller is an expert

Dr. Miller has been performing connective tissue grafting for over 12 years. He is one of a very few dentists who are trained to perform the procedure. In fact, his expertise is such that he instructs other dentists in the procedure.

He also employs Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) during the procedure. This involves taking a small amount of blood and separating out the plasma. That enriched plasma is then reinjected into the surgery tissue to accelerate healing, reduce swelling, and minimize discomfort. Adding PRP to the surgery makes connective tissue grafting effective, yet relatively comfortable.

If you have receding gums, connective tissue grafting with Dr. Miller can really improve the appearance, and health, of your smile. Call our office at 503-640-9310 if you’d like more information.

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