Periodontists, like myself, specialize in Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedures to cover exposed roots, minimize sensitivity, help support the teeth, and reduce the chance of root decay. The good news is all of this can be achieved without taking tissue off the roof of your mouth! Over a decade ago, after extensive training not offered in dental school, I started using a material called Alloderm.
Using Alloderm prevents you from having an additional surgery to remove tissue off the roof of your mouth. Alloderm is cadaver tissue that is put through such a stringent process that there are no live cells, DNA, bacteria, or viruses in it when it comes to us. I have performed thousands of these procedures and feel confident in its safety. I have used Alloderm on my own family and friends. And the results are amazing! The natural look achieved with the Alloderm soft tissue grafting to cover exposed roots lets you smile with confidence.
Once you have completed your Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedure you may need to make some changes to the way you care for your teeth to prevent future gum recession.
- Use a Sonicare electric toothbrush: The Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush has a “dynamic cleaning action that thoroughly cleans teeth and massages gums while still being remarkably gentle, even on sensitive teeth.” The bristles vibrate, as compared to rotating, like some electric toothbrushes, allowing for gentle, yet thorough cleaning.
- Use very little toothpaste: Toothpaste cleans off stains and polishes the teeth by way of the abrasive added to it. This abrasive can be too aggressive to fragile tissues that are prone to recession. Use only a tiny amount (think: English pea) of toothpaste, and consider brushing at night without using toothpaste.
- Change up your brushing habits: We get in the habit of always starting our brushing in the same area every time (when the brush is stiffer and elbow-grease is stronger) and spending more time on the outside surfaces of our teeth which are easier to get to. Those areas where we brush harder and longer are more likely to have root exposure.
- Keep your gums healthy: Thorough, but gentle, brushing, flossing, and the use of a WaterFlosser every day along with professional cleanings and check-ups are critical for keeping your gums healthy and reducing the chance of recession due to gum disease and bone loss.
If you have concerns about your receding gums, please call the office for a consultation.
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Dr. Kip Saunders Your one stop solution for & over 35 years of experience in Crown Lengthening in The Woodlands and Spring.