Gum Graft SurgeryAsheville, NC

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 periodontal 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.

gum graft surgery What to Expect

Gum graft surgery is typically performed using dental sedation or general anesthesia. Under the care of an experienced periodontist or periodontal surgeon, gum graft surgery should be relatively painless. Dr. Harrison will work with you to determine the best form of dental sedation for you.

The process of completing a gum graft will depend on the type of gum graft you need. Dr. Harrison will be sure to explain all aspects of your care before your procedure to ensure you are completely informed.

After your procedure, be sure to follow the aftercare instructions to ensure maximum healing, limit the risk of infection, and avoid any complications. The gums may be sensitive and patients can experience mild swelling and general discomfort for a day or two after the procedure.

Dr. Jody Harrison, DDS, MS

Why choose Jody S. Harrison, DDS, MS?

Dr. Jody Harrison is a highly trained and experienced periodontist, offering comprehensive care for your oral health needs. We offer periodontal services, cosmetic gum treatments, dental implants and a range of periodontal surgical procedures to address complex dental health concerns.

Known for his kind, caring and friendly chairside manner, Dr. Harrison provides personalized care. Our Asheville dental practice uses advanced technology, including 3-D digital scanning to evaluate, plan and deliver care that is designed to meet your unique needs and goals. We offer treatment for all stages of gum disease, missing teeth and cosmetic concerns related to gum recession or a gummy smile.