What are Gum Grafts?
A gum graft is a type of oral surgical procedure that aims to cover tooth roots exposed during gum recession. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the aftermath involves exposed roots that are highly sensitive and more prone to decay. What’s more, you may not be happy with your smile because of the way that it looks with gum recession. The procedure involves placing a piece of grafted tissue over the area where it is needed and suturing it into place.
Why would Gum Grafts be needed?
There are several factors that can cause gum recession. The goal of a gum graft is to prevent hypersensitivity of the teeth due to the exposed roots as well as improving the look of the smile. Some of the reasons you’d have receded gums include:
- Periodontal disease
- Brushing too aggressively
- Brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush
What makes you a candidate for a Gum Graft?
With a simple examination, we can typically determine if you may benefit from a gum graft. It is best to have the grafting done as soon as possible to prevent the gum recession from getting worse. As the gums continue to recede, they can expose most or all of the underlying tooth root, causing issues with decay and damage. Grafting is one of the best ways to cover these exposed areas and protect your teeth.
What happens during the Gum Graft procedure?
We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. We then remove a small piece of tissue from the palate of your mouth and place it over the area where the gums have receded. We then place sutures to keep the new grafted tissue in place. You will go home with important aftercare instructions to keep the area clean and free of infection. The new gums will heal naturally and blend into the old ones, providing you with a beautiful, healthy smile. Alternatively, donor tissue can be used to prevent any type of cutting to other areas of the mouth.
If you would like to come into our office to consult with us about a gum graft, call us today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.