Gum Grafting Surgery
The main issue with gum recession is that it is a slow and gradual process. Many people do not realize that their gums are receding until it is too late. Regular dental check-ups can help catch gum recession before gum grafting is required.
Some early warning signs to look out for are:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Teeth looking slightly larger than usual
- Small indentations where your teeth meet the gums
Before Gum Grafting
After Gum Grafting
Causes of Gum Recession?
Clenching/Grinding your teeth
Poor oral hygiene
Gum Grafting Surgery
There are two main types of gum grafting surgery that are commonly used as treatment options. Connective tissue grafts and free gingival grafts. Either operation can be conducted under local anesthetic (numbing by a shot) or Iv Sedation (Sleeping during treatment).
Connective tissue grafts are the most common form of gum grafting surgery. A small and thin piece of your palate (the roof of your mouth) is used to make a small flap. The dental surgeon will then remove a small amount of connective tissue from underneath the flap and stitch it shut. This tissue is then stitched to your gums, covering the exposed root and any gaps that have formed.
A free gingival graft is similar to the connective tissue graft that we described above. The only difference between the two surgeries is that a free gingival graft does not make a small flap (and then get tissue from underneath it). Instead with a free gingival graft, the tissue is taken directly from the roof of the mouth. This allows the dental surgeon to take more tissue in total.This surgery is mainly performed on people who have thin or small gums, and need additional tissue for the surgery to be acceptable.
Gum Graft Recovery
You can expect to be told not to floss or brush around the gumline for several days until it has healed properly. Doing so could interrupt the healing process and even cause infection. You will also be given advice on the kinds of food that you should try and eat. After the healing process has been completed, you can then return to a normal, comprehensive oral hygiene routine. Some benefits of the treatment will be immediately noticeable. Any sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that were brought on by your gum recession will be gone in an instant.
Gum Recession Doctor
Our board certified specialists have been performing gum grafting procedures for many years now. They have extensive experience in transforming patient’s lives and smiles through a passion for dental surgery. The most obvious improvement that many people concern themselves with is the improvement in appearance. Patients love their beautiful set of happy healthy gums. Our office of friendly and experienced staff looks forward to helping you regain the beautiful smile you once had.