Gingival grafting, sometimes called periodontal or gum grafting, is a very common procedure used to augment the appearance of a person’s smile. It is also frequently used when a person experiences sensitivity due to receding gums or after gum disease has been resolved with surgical scaling and root planing therapy.
Why do I need a gum graft?
When gingivitis is left untreated and develops into more advanced stages of periodontal disease, harmful bacteria can eat away at the bone supporting the teeth, leading to exposed tooth roots that are sensitive. Improper tooth brushing techniques that are too aggressive can also lead to gum line recession, tooth root exposure, and a tendency to trap bacteria in hard-to-clean places. This process typically leads to further gum disease, cavities, and ultimately tooth loss.
Through gum grafting, Dr. Parham takes a piece of donor gum tissue, often from another site in your own mouth, to graft in to the site of recession and cover the exposed root surface. After several weeks of proper care and healing, you will return to see the initial results of your grafting procedure. Although this first visit is fairly indicative of how successful the gum graft has been, it may take up to a year for the grafted tissue to mature and grow to its final height and thickness.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
Soft tissue grafts have many benefits:
- Covering exposed tooth roots and protecting them from decay
- Reducing the chance of further recession and bone loss
- Improved appearance of your smile
- Reducing tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
The ultimate goal of a gum graft is to give you thicker, healthier gum tissue that is not only more attractive, but protects your teeth.
As with all our surgical procedures, Dr. Parham recommends sedation to ensure your total comfort and relaxation during your procedure.
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