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Gum Graft: All About the Operation

Certainly, at first glance, a gum graft is not the sexiest cosmetic surgery ever. Yet, to look more closely, a gum transplant can recover a nice smile and especially can save teeth that otherwise would find themselves unhooked and lost forever.

The intervention is quite painful and is not supported by the Health Insurance.

When to consider a gum transplant?

The gum graft, called a gingival graft, is considered in the case where the teeth are loosened. The tooth is loosened when the root appears and the gum, for some reason, retracts.

If you leave it as it is, the gum may retract further and the tooth may fall out. Your practitioner will only consider a gum graft when you feel a real discomfort. The intervention is relatively painful.

A slight retraction that does not put your tooth at risk will not require a gum graft. It is when the tooth is threatened or the pain of retraction is too strong that gingiva is considered.

Causes of retraction of the gum

> Age is the first cause of tooth loosening. With time passing, the gum is less well irrigated, less reactive and it does not end up thinning, and back. By retracting, the gum reveals the root of the tooth. This can cause discomfort, especially in contact with hot or cold. But above all it can cause, eventually, the fall of the tooth.

> Tics can also cause tooth loosening. Tic bite, nail nibbling, grinding teeth or chewing excess chewing gum, among others.

> The retraction of the gums may have a traumatic cause. In addition to an old fall on one or two teeth - which poses the problem of the durability of the underlying bone, brushing with a hard or medium brush, instead of a soft or ultra-soft brush hurts the gum.

> It may be the sequelae of orthodontic treatment (especially after too strong and too fast traction on the teeth, in which case the retraction of the gingiva appears after melting, lysis of the bone). In this case, a gum graft can be offered to a young person who has just been wearing a dental orthodontic appliance.

> The retraction of the gums may be due to poor hygiene, with chronic gingivitis (repeated gingivitis, irregular or insufficient brushing ...). Poor hygiene is a common cause of tooth loosening and one of the most common causes of gum failure.

> Smoking is also a cause of tooth loosening, often associated with poor oral hygiene.

These bad habits that damage our teeth ...

To keep your teeth healthy, you must know how to take care ... and adopt some rules of oral hygiene and food. Here are 10 bad habits to avoid to keep a radiant smile!

Do you want to share, share your experience or ask a question? See you in our FORUM FORUM or in another theme FORUM of your choice!

Read also :

> Dental loafing
> Dental erosion
> Bleeding gums

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