How Gum Recession Surgery Rochester Can Help Save Your Teeth

Gum recession is a common dental problem that affects a large percentage of American adults. The term gum recession refers to the gradual process of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wearing or pulling away from the tooth. When this happens, more of the tooth or tooth’s root is exposed. This can cause sensitivity to temperature, certain foods, and increase the risk for cavities to develop on the exposed root surface. It also compromises the aesthetics of your smile.

Since gum recession happens very slowly, it goes unnoticed by most patients until they begin to experience discomfort. Gum recession is treatable, and the effects can be reversed. Treatment for gum recession typically entails one of several types of gum recession surgery options, depending upon your case.  If you are seeking gum recession surgery Rochester, contact Dr. Zahavi, Board-Certified Rochester periodontal surgeon, to discuss your options. Let’s review different types of gum rece surgery, what you can expect during recovery, and how the surgery can benefit you now, as well as in the future.

What are the Types of Gum Recession Surgeries in Rochester?

Depending on your specific needs, your Rochester periodontist will typically recommend one of the following gum surgery options:

1. Soft Tissue Graft:

A tissue graft is carefully placed and sutured over areas where the root of your tooth is exposed. Once the tissue heals from the procedure, it blends with the surrounding gum and looks very natural. Soft tissue grafts can prevent discomfort from exposure to hot and cold food and drinks and improve aesthetics.

2. Regeneration:

Gum recession can cause the destruction of tissue and bone that support your teeth. When this happens, special membranes, bone grafts, and tissue-stimulating proteins are used. These will encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate both bone and gum tissue.

Depending on how the gum recession has affected your teeth, other procedures may be necessary. With regular periodontal check-ups and proper oral hygiene, you should fully heal from the effect of periodontal disease, and avoid the need for any gum surgeries in the future.

What to Expect During Gum Recession Surgery and Recovery

For many patients, the need to undergo gum recession surgery can cause anxiety, but with experienced periodontal staff on your side, you can relax knowing you are in good hands. Your experience will vary depending on the type of procedure you require, but your periodontist will walk you through every step of your gum recession surgery. This way, you will know what to expect.

The procedure typically only takes about an hour, and you will probably be able to go back to work the next day.  The amount of discomfort varies from person to person. Pain can be managed with over the counter anti-inflammatories, or prescription pain relievers. Overall, your experience will be specific to you, but your periodontist will work with you to keep you as comfortable as possible.

What are the Long Term Effects of Gum Recession Surgery?

Gum recession surgery will treat the immediate effects of gum recession. After the surgery, you’ll have a much healthier and happier smile without any of the pain and discomfort gum recession can cause. Additionally, your periodontist will help you work on preventative care to avoid gum recession in the future.

Gum recession surgery Rochester can help you achieve optimal oral health by relieving any pain or discomfort and giving you a smile you deserve. Contact Dr. Zahavi today online or by calling 585.685.2005 to schedule a consultation.



Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Zahavi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He completed his post-graduate periodontal education at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in 2006.

Dr. Zahavi obtained his combined DMD and Master’s degree Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). He then pursued a speciality program in Prosthodontics (the restoration and replacement of teeth), receiving the highest honors in the residency program (2001). In 2003 he relocated with his family to the USA in pursuit of a residency program in Periodontology at the University of Rochester/ Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and honored with a research fellowship from a major dental implant company. He is a Board-Certified Periodontist (USA) and Prosthodontist (Israel). His clinical experience and training in the two specialities proves to be invaluable, especially in patients requiring comprehensive periodontal and implant treatments.

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