Receding gum lines are a reality for many people today, and it can be really frustrating. Most people who have receding gum lines are more advanced in years and agree that they dislike them, and they can be a cause for low self-esteem when it comes to their smile.
Thankfully, a receding gum line is correctable. It does not have to be a nuisance forever.
Over time, your gums can recede naturally. It can also be the cause of poor dental hygiene, overzealous hygiene, and even just simple genetics or age.
During a gum grafting surgery, your dentist will take tissue from another inconspicuous part of the mouth, usually the roof of your mouth (or palate) and attach it to the gums at the root of your teeth. Tissue can also be used from a donor; this means faster recovery time for you!
One important thing that your dentist will usually prescribe automatically is an antibiotic. These are typically precautionary to ensure that the operation area(s) do not become infected and cause serious damage to the procedure and your mouth.
Something you can do on your own time, though, is apply ice. Applying ice to the side of the operation can reduce swelling and pain. This not only makes recovery more enjoyable, but it also makes it go by faster.
When it comes to your diet, you can also find a few pain-relieving remedies. Avoid extremely hot and cold foods like ice cream and hot soup. These foods can cause pain surges that you might not be prepared for and can slow the healing process. At the beginning of your recovery, it might also be good to consume an all-liquid diet. This will help you to avoid irritating the operation site.
For any other questions or concerns, please give us a call or stop into the office today!