Do you feel your smile is spoiled because your teeth look too long? Exposed roots, generally caused by receding gums, can make teeth appear too long and asymmetrical in appearance. Your teeth may even start to feel sensitive to hot and cold foods or even sweet drinks. The root surface of teeth is softer than the crown and can be more susceptible to decay and being abraded away by your tooth brush. Our root coverage procedure, called Soft Tissue Grafting, protects teeth and gives you a healthier, more attractive, symmetrical and youthful smile.
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Grant K. (Mucograft®) – Age 8
Chief Concern: An eight-year-old boy was referred by his pediatric dentist and orthodontist due to concerns with gum recession of his lower front teeth at such an early age. During discussions with his parents two alternative solutions were suggested, the use of autogenous tissue from his palate or using Mucograft,® a collagen material, from a box to treat this area. Mucograft has had extensive clinical studies and publications.
Treatment Received: Treatment with Mucograft was used to increase zones and thickness of the boy’s attached gum in the lower front area. The patient had no discomfort and the use of a palatal tissue donor site was avoided making post-operative healing uneventful.
Said Grant’s mother: “Dr. Robert A. Levine performed soft tissue grafting, using Mucograft, in order to increase thickness on his bottom row. The procedure went smoothly and recovery was quick and virtually painless! The results are remarkable and I now have peace of mind knowing that my son’s adult teeth are protected. I’m especially impressed with Dr. Levine’s use of Mucograft and I am glad that this was an option for my son. Dr. Levine and his staff are wonderful!”