Your gums do more than support your teeth. They also protect your body from the bacteria present in your mouth, and healthy gums are necessary for some treatments such as dental implants. If you have receding or uneven gums, talk to our dentist, Dr. Gretchen Drees about a soft tissue graft assessment in Ashland, Virginia. Call 804-798-7388 today to make an appointment at Ashland Dental Arts to start enjoying a lifetime of great smiles!

Some indicators of gum disease may include:
• Bleeding or sensitivity when you brush or floss or even when you eat certain foods
• Gums that are red instead of pink
• Tender or swollen gums
• A change in the alignment of your bite
• Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• Exposed tooth roots or gums that are pulling away from your teeth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Drees. She will evaluate the condition of your gums and recommend a course of treatment that may include a soft tissue graft. While a graft is often used to correct gingival recession, it can also be used to improve the appearance of an uneven gum line. Based on your particular needs and desires, the tissue graft may be taken from another area of your mouth or from a tissue bank. When using your own tissues, the graft may be taken from the roof of the mouth or the surrounding gums. If you would like to learn more about how soft tissue grafting can improve the health and beauty of your smile, we invite you to contact our office today.

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