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No and: You should see a dentist for a complete and thorough exam to find out what's wrong, what should be done and how best to prevent future dental problems. No internet search and even this excellent website cannot replace a one on one dentist\patient exam and consultation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?
Hair brushing/growth: Not that I am aware. Talk with your doc, if thin brows, may be genetic or due to condition such as a thyroid problem. ...Read more
Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?
That's the intention: Alloderm has several uses in periodontal surgery: root coverage, gingival augmentation, soft tissue ridge augmentation, soft tissue augmentation around implants. The procedure is relatively successful in competent surgical hands, proper case selection and with patient cooperation. ...Read more
Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?
Varying Factors: Each situation is slightly different... your post infers that "gum grafting" and "gum recession" are exactly the same in every patient: they are not. Your own periodontist can best explain why or why not the procedure is right for your situation. ...Read more
Yes: Aggressive brushing and flossing can damage the thin gum tissue causing it to break down. The improper mechanical use of the toothbrush is a key cause for gum recession. Increased pressure on the toothbrush or dental floss will only harm gingival tissue without increasing the cleaning action of brushing or flossing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Soft cleans better!: Soft toothbrush bristles bend easier and are able to get into the nooks and crannies on and between the tooth and gum. The key is angulating the toothbrush correctly, about 45 degrees to the gum line and move the brush gently to dislodge and food or bacteria in the area. You'll need other tools to clean inbetween teeth. Even if you have root exposed, soft bristles will not damage the root surface. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Let us help: The jawbone needs the physiological stimulus from the root of a tooth to maintain its volume. When you have a tooth extracted, the healing process causes the extraction site to remodel, and generally up to 25% of the bone is lost during the first year. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No evidence: There isn't any evidence that it increases risk for cancer. The real thing to keep in mind is that smoking is just about the worst (if not the worst) thing one can do to their body. It markedly increases your risk of many types of cancer, including oral and throat cancers! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gum damage: Mild changes like swollen, puffy, inflamed, red, bleeding and slightly receded gums usually can recover 100% with proper dental care and oral hygiene. The longer it goes on and the greater the changes, the less likely to recover. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease and usually easy to treat. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat and may result in permanent damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Regeneration?: Bone grafting mostly produce a regeneration effect, which meant eestablish a loss bone height (hard to achieve in horizontal defect) or bone width (easily achieved). Your jaw bone growth can only achieved with bmps (bone morphogenetic proteins) and patient should be at young age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer