Does hot coffee or soup make you wince in pain, or do you find yourself skipping the ice in your drinks? If you have sensitive teeth, it could be due to receding gums. Receding gums can be unsightly, but even worse, they can pose serious health risks if left untreated. Our periodontist, Dr. Chris Hutton, uses the allograft method to assist our patients in returning their gums to a healthy state.

1. An Allograft Is a Common Procedure

An allograft is a soft tissue grafting procedure that is used as treatment for exposed tooth roots, sensitive teeth or deterioration of the jawbone or gums. Our periodontist will repair your gums or jawbone by surgically implanting human tissue he receives from a tissue bank, or tissue from your own mouth, into the area that needs repaired. The tissue first undergoes examination and testing to ensure it is 100 percent safe for use.

2. The Procedure Is Relatively Simple

The allograft procedure is quite simple. Dr. Hutton will implant the donor tissue around the exposed root and anywhere else where treatment is needed for the gums or jawbone. As the tissue heals, it will begin to connect to your own healthy tissue. The final result is a healthier, grafted gum line that allows you to chew and speak more efficiently and feel more confident in your smile.

3. Aftercare Is Not Extensive

Many people avoid going to the periodontist for a procedure because they fear recovery will be long and difficult. This is not the case with an allograft. While you will probably need to stick to soft foods as the tissue heals, any pain is usually manageable with an over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients return to work within two days.

Sensitive teeth are more than a nuisance. When left untreated, they can cause serious health problems and deterioration of other parts of the mouth. If you suffer from receding gums in Racine, WI, contact our offices.