Say Goodbye to Gum Recession with Gum Grafting
Meet John, a 35-year-old who loves to flash a wide grin but has been feeling self-conscious about his smile lately. He’s noticed that his gums are receding, making his teeth look longer than they used to. John’s been doing some research and has stumbled upon the Gum Grafting procedure. In this blog post, we’ll explain everything John (and you) need to know about the procedure.
Gum recession is a common problem that affects many people. It’s when the gums start to pull back, exposing the sensitive root of the tooth. This can happen due to a variety of reasons such as genetics, gum disease, or aggressive brushing. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth sensitivity, decay, and even tooth loss. But there’s good news: the Gum Grafting procedure can help restore the gum tissue and bring back your healthy smile.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum Grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth (usually the roof of the mouth) and transplanting it to the area where the gums have receded. With advancements in biomaterials, gum grafting can also be completed using donor or synthetic tissue – not requiring a second surgical site, making the procedure more comfortable. The transplanted tissue will then grow, covering the exposed tooth root, reducing sensitivity, and improving the appearance of the teeth, in addition to thickening the gums around the area.
How is the Gum Grafting Procedure Performed?
At Transcend, our team of periodontal specialists uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. First, we’ll provide a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, we’ll carefully remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth (or use donor tissue such as allograft material) and transplant it to the area where the gums have receded. We use sutures to hold the tissue in place, and the gums will typically heal within a few weeks.
Avoiding taking tissue from the roof of your mouth
When we use an allograft, which is tissue from a human donor, it allows us to perform the gum grafting procedure without creating a second surgical site in your own mouth to harvest tissue. This is particularly beneficial for patients as it makes the procedure less invasive, reduces post-operative discomfort, and quickens the healing process. The allograft material used is thoroughly tested, processed, and sterilized to ensure safety and efficacy. It’s carefully selected and handled to ensure that it promotes tissue regeneration and integrates well with your own gums, providing a natural-looking and long-lasting result. This approach avoids the potential risks and complications that may be associated with having to harvest tissue from a second surgical site in your mouth.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
Gum Grafting offers many benefits for patients, including:
- Improved appearance of the smile
- Reduced tooth sensitivity
- Reduced risk of further gum recession
- Thickening of the gums
- Protection against tooth decay and gum disease
What is gum grafting, and why might I need it?
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that involves adding tissue to areas where gums have receded, exposing the tooth root. This procedure can protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, improve your oral health, and enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
What types of gum grafts are available?
There are three main types of gum grafts: connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts. The choice of graft depends on your specific condition and the clinical judgement of our periodontist.
Is gum grafting a painful procedure?
Gum grafting is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. Postoperative discomfort can vary from person to person but is typically manageable with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication.
How long does recovery from gum grafting take?
Recovery times can vary depending on the type of graft and your individual healing rate. Most people can return to work and normal activities within a few days. Full healing of the graft site can take a few weeks to a couple of months.
How can I maintain the results of a gum graft?
Good oral hygiene practices are crucial for maintaining the results of a gum graft. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings are essential. Also, avoiding habits that can lead to gum recession, like aggressive tooth brushing or tobacco use, can help maintain your gum health. Your periodontist will provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your needs.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The procedure typically takes about an hour to complete, although this can vary depending on the extent of the treatment needed.
If you’re experiencing gum recession, the Gum Grafting Procedure may be the right solution for you. At Transcend, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with personalized care and the latest technology to ensure the best possible outcomes. Don’t let gum recession affect your smile any longer, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.