Hello! In my previous post on the completion of my porcelain veneers, I mentioned that I’d be back to keep you updated on my gum grafting procedure.
Here are the 2 previous posts of my Smile Makeover journey:
Look how far I’ve come! So grateful that I had Dr Jerry from Orchard Scotts Dental as my dentist.
While veneers were more for cosmetic purposes, my gum grafting procedure was to prevent further gum recession and reduce gum sensitivity.
Several factors contribute to the recession of my gums.
The first would be the wearing of braces. I wore braces about 10 years ago and after extracting 2 upper and 2 lower teeth (my jaw couldn’t accommodate so many teeth so there was overcrowding), the dentist had to pull my teeth inwards to close up the gaps. This inward bending of teeth caused the stretching of lower gum and made them thinner.
Secondly, I grind and clench my teeth, which can put too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede. After the completion of my veneers, I was given a mouth guard to wear to protect my veneers, and I think it has helped me relax so that I don’t wake up with a sore jaw from over-clenching.
Check out my receding gums and the ugly extended ‘root’ from before.
My gum had receded so much that a lot of my tooth was exposed and it HURT SO MUCH when I ate chocolate and cold food/drinks. This ugly filling was done by my neighborhood dentist who had no aesthetic sense but just fulfilled the fundamental job of covering the exposed tooth. It bothered me a little because it was kind of thick and when my mouth closed, there was a bit of a bump.