The term “long in the tooth” refers to age-related gum recession, which makes the crowns of older persons’ teeth look longer. Fortunately, there is a simple cure for receding gums, which reduces tooth sensitivity, the incidence of tooth decay, the potential for underlying bone loss, and tooth loss. A “gum graft” involves harvesting tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth and stitching it to the gum tissue surrounding the tooth with the exposed root. While the discomfort produced on the roof of the mouth can be similar to the experience of a “pizza burn,” it is temporary and can be managed with pain medication. In time, the transplanted gum tissue heals and provides the exposed root with necessary protection.
Your family members have different smiles-and different dental health problems. That’s why our comprehensive dental service includes everything from preventative care to restorative teeth and gum treatments. At West Brookfield Dental, we stress the importance of preventive dental care for the entire family. Call us now at 508.203.4023 and schedule an appointment. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Gum-contouring surgery reshapes and sculpts gum tissue that is too high on the teeth, which creates the appearance of a “gummy smile.”