Protecting Sensitive Tooth Roots

The roots of the teeth are extremely sensitive. Normally, the gums cover and protect the roots. However, roots that become exposed due to receding gum tissue can cause pain and sensitivity. Fortunately, there is a way to protect exposed tooth roots through a periodontal procedure called gum grafting. Dr. Anthony Marchionno performs gum grafts at his Greensburg, PA, dental office to restore lost gum tissue and protect sensitive tooth roots.

Receding Gums

The gums provide support and protection for the teeth so they serve an important role in the overall health of your mouth. A loss of gum tissue also referred to as receding gums, can leave the sensitive roots of teeth exposed. Not only can exposed tooth roots cause pain and sensitivity, but they can also be more vulnerable to infection and decay since there is no gum tissue to protect them.

Receding gums can be the result of several different factors, such as:

  • Aging or genetics
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Brushing the teeth harshly
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Ill-fitting dental appliances
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth

Gum Grafting

It is possible to restore lost gum tissue through a periodontal procedure known as gum grafting. The goal of the treatment is to replace lost gum tissue. The procedure is performed by grafting healthy gum tissue onto the area where gum tissue has receded. Healthy tissue can be taken from another area in the patient’s mouth or donor tissue can be used.

Dr. Marchionno performs gum grafts at our Greensburg, PA, office. He can explain the different methods of gum grafting, as well as determine which is best for restoring the health of your gums. Some ways gum grafting can help include:

  • Improving gum health
  • Covering exposed roots
  • Reducing tooth sensitivity
  • Providing support and stability for teeth
  • Restoring gum tissue lost due to gum disease
  • Improving the appearance of your smile

Gum grafting helps restore lost gum tissue and protect sensitive tooth roots. For gum grafts in Greensburg, PA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marchionno by calling our dental office at (724) 836-2911.

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