What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is normally done to combat the effects of gum recession. The procedure involves removing a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth, and grafting it in front of teeth that have become exposed as a result of gum recession. In some instances, a packaged graft material may be used instead of harvesting your own tissue. The doctor will examine your gums and tissue to determine what type of grafting procedure is appropriate for you.
Why would Gum Grafting Be needed?
Gum grafting is typically needed if gum recession is present. Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors, which include brushing too hard, using a hard bristle toothbrush, gum disease, or smoking. When the gums begin to recede, the underlying roots of the tooth are exposed, and are more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Gum grafting works to protect these roots, while enhancing the way your smile looks.
What makes you a good candidate for Gum Grafting?
The procedure is considered a mild oral surgery, so you must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Most gum grafting requires local anesthetic, but you may request sedation if you would rather not be awake for the procedure. Most patients who need gum grafting are good candidates for the actual procedure. The surgery is incredibly beneficial, as it it can protect your teeth from damage, decay, and pain due to sensitivity.
What can you expect during the Gum Grafting procedure?
First, you’ll receive either anesthetic or sedation of your choosing. The doctor will then remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth. The tissue is placed over the exposed roots and grafted into place. Sutures are used to keep the tissue securely over the exposed roots, and so that it can heal into the surrounding area. Over time, the tissue will bond with the surrounding gums, covering the roots of the teeth. It is important to note that precautions need to be taken to prevent recession from happening again. Quitting smoking, keeping up with periodontal care, and being careful in brushing your teeth can help in preventing gum recession, and the need for another gum graft.
If you think you might need a gum grafting, and would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we will work to get you in for an appointment.