Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting Saves Teeth

No one has to live with receding gums. Avoiding dealing with the disease can result in both tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, there are procedures to help and one used often is gum grafting.

Receeding Gums?

A receding gum line is the result of a more advanced stage of gingivitis called periodontitis. The gum line starts to reduce and eventually, it will expose the tooth root. That leads to tooth decay and bone loss.
Receding gums should be stopped and repaired as they aren’t just a part of the aging process. Gum grafting is one way to protect both gums and teeth.

Early Stage Symptoms

Gum grafting is when the oral surgeon takes tissue and attaches it to your gumline and teeth so that you have a full gumline. The tissue grows to connect with the gums. The gums reattach to the teeth preventing bacteria from getting between gums and teeth. The roots are no longer exposed and protected.

The tissue can come from many different sources but usually is taken from the patient's mouth roof, called the palate. The oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic to numb the roof of the mouth and surgically cut some tissue.

The tissue is stitched to the gums where there is heavy recession. The stitching is thinner than human hair and will need to be removed after the area has healed.

After the Surgery

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Gum grafting comes with only a little discomfort. The oral surgeon puts a liquid material over the mouth roof where the tissue was taken and that is similar to a soothing covering. An over-the-counter pain medication used for a few days is typically all a patient needs.

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The oral surgeon will give you an antibiotic to prevent infection and recommend a soft diet for a week or two until you have fully healed.

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Those experiencing gingivitis or receding gums should book an exam and consultation. Many times, there are less invasive options to consider before a gum graft. Book an appointment today!

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