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Gum disease is a common condition that affects millions of Americans each year. One of the tell-tale signs of gum disease a receding gumline. Some clear signs that you may be developing gum recession include an increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as this is usually a result of your tooth’s roots being more exposed.

If you have developed a receding gumline, a Dr. Akram Rafla like Dr. Akram Rafla may recommend that you receive a professional cleaning, called scaling and root planing, to remove hardened plaque and bacteria from underneath the gumline and around the tooth’s roots. However, for those with more severe gum recession, you may require a gum graft to repair your oral health.

Dr. Akram Rafla will begin your gum graft by numbing the treated area. Next, he will use gum tissue from either a donor or the palate of your mouth and attach it to the receding gums. This graft will cover the exposed dental roots to help reduce sensitivity and even out your gumline.

After a gum graft, it is essential that you maintain good oral health to avoid developing gum recession again. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day and regularly visiting the dentist every six months. You can also use a fluoride mouth rinse to help keep harmful bacteria from building up.

If you have noticed that your gums are receding, we encourage you to call Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC at 508.499.3566 and set up a consultation with our Dr. Akram Rafla.