gum graft surgery An Overview
Gum grafting may be utilized to repair the effects of periodontal disease or to improve the appearance of your smile. They may also be recommended as part of a dental implant treatment plan.
Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons: the most common reasons being gum disease, genetics, and aggressive brushing and flossing. When gum recession occurs, it can make the teeth appear longer than they are. More importantly, it can lead to tooth sensitivity if the roots of the teeth become exposed. In advanced cases, gum recession can contribute to premature tooth loss. Not only is addressing a receding gum line essential to the aesthetic of your smile, but it is also crucial to restoring your gum and dental health.
When significant gum recession has occurred, it is imperative that patients undergo gum reconstruction using gum grafting techniques to improve their gum health. As a trusted periodontist and oral surgeon, Dr. Jody Harrison of Asheville, NC, is committed to helping each of our patients achieve a healthier smile. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Harrison will recommend the most appropriate solution for your gum and dental health.
The Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery
An expertly crafted gum graft can help reduce further damage to the gums and teeth. Gum grafts can minimize your risk of further gum recession and bone loss. Overall this can help prevent tooth sensitivity and improve the appearance of a gummy smile. The goal is to restore function, health, and beauty to the smile.
Types of Gum Grafts
There a few different types of gum grafts that are commonly performed. Dr. Harison will work with each patient on an individual basis to assess their needs and determine the type of graft needed for your dental health.
- Connective-Tissue Grafts: A piece of tissue is removed from a flap of skin from the roof of the mouth and is stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed tooth root.
- Free Gingival Grafts: A small amount of tissue is removed directly from the roof of the mouth is attached to the affected area.
- Pedicle Grafts: Tissue is removed from healthy gums around or near the affected tooth. The flap is partially cut so that part of it remains attached. Then the tissue is pulled to cover the explored tooth root and stitched into place. This procedure can only be performed on patients with an adequate amount of healthy gum tissue.
- Allograft: Instead of using your own gum tissue, the gum tissue is taken from a donor patient and is used to create grafts to treat your gums.
Keeping The Gums Healthy After Surgery: After gum graft surgery, it is important to take the proper steps to keep the gums healthy. After surgery, be sure to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine, visit the dentist regularly for preventive care exams, and incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle.