- January 31, 2013
In an earlier blog post, we discussed what service our Philadelphia-area practice could provide you with if you found your smile to be too “gummy” (an excess amount of tissue covering your teeth). But what if you’re suffering from the opposite problem? When you experience gum recession, your tooth roots are exposed, which is a serious problem for a number of reasons. For one, it results in an unattractive smile, which can affect your attitude and self-esteem in your daily life. Worse, because your gums serve as a kind of support for your teeth, this condition can result in bone loss and eventually tooth loss if left untreated. Thankfully, Dr. DiGiallorenzo is here to help with soft tissue grafting. Whether you’re being treated at our Collegeville or Williamsport office, soft tissue grafting can reverse the effects of gum recession and put a halt on further, more destructive recession, giving you another reason to smile.
When soft tissue grating is usually performed, tissue is cut from the roof of the mouth and transferred to the affected area. However, Dr. DiGiallorenzo has found a way to avoid this scary step altogether. By instead using a collagen matrix, he can cover up roots effectively and safely. Better yet, the original procedure only lasts around an hour. After that, you’ll only need to attend an appointment to have your stitches removed, along with a few quick follow-ups to make sure you’re healing as expected.
There are several benefits to soft tissue grafting, including:
- As we’ve already said, it helps prevent bone and tooth loss
- Can prevent decay
- Eases the extreme sensitivity that exposed roots allow
- Leaves you with a more attractive and even gumline
Gum recession can happen because of a number of reasons, from too-aggressive brushing to advanced stages of gum disease. Whatever the case is, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his team are committed to providing you excellent, effective care while still holding your health and comfort as a top priority. Please call either or Collegeville or Williamsport offices to schedule a consultation today. We’re happy to serve patients from all over the Philadelphia area and beyond.