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Gum Grafting Surgery: What You Need to Know

Posted by JOSEPH J LEE on Jun 9 2021, 07:53 AM

Gum Grafting Surgery: What You Need to Know

Gum grafting surgery is used to preserve your teeth from the detrimental consequences of gum recession or to enhance the look of your smile. Your dentist might suggest a gum tissue transplant if your gums are receding. Gum recession reveals the tooth roots and makes your teeth’s root surfaces more susceptible to decay, as well as making them more sensitive and prone to abrasion.

When to See a Dentist About a Gum Grafting Surgery?

  • Excess bleeding that is not normal 
  • Swelling, severe pain, and bruising

Different Types of Gum Grafts

  • Connective Tissue Graft 

It is one of the most often-done gum grafting methods. A flap of skin is cut open in the roof of your mouth (palate). The tissue underneath the flap, termed subepithelial connective tissue, is removed and then sewn to the gum tissue around the exposed root.

  • Free Gingival Graft 

A tiny amount of tissue from the roof of your mouth is removed during free gingival grafting. This technique is most often utilized in patients who already have thin gums and need extra tissue to expand them.

  • Pedicle Graft 

In this grafting method, the flap, referred to as a pedicle, is only partly removed, leaving one edge connected. After pulling the gum over or down to cover the exposed root, it is stitched in place.

  • Alternative Grafts 

Although gum grafting is often performed using your healthy tissue, this is not always feasible. In instances when the gums have receded significantly, an alternate graft would be suggested.

Benefits of Gum Grafting Surgery

A gum graft may be necessary to prevent additional recession and bone loss. In certain instances, it may be used to conceal exposed roots, thus protecting them from deterioration. This may help to alleviate tooth discomfort and enhance the aesthetics of your smile. 

Whether a gum graft is done to correct dental function or to enhance looks, patients often benefit from both: a stunning new smile and better periodontal health.

Recovery After the Gum Grafting Surgery

A person can aid in recovery by avoiding flossing or brushing at the treatment site. Use a special mouthwash that prevents plaque buildup, taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Eat food like ice cream, pasta, eggs, yogurt, and soft cheese. Take an OTC pain killer if needed.

Gum grafting surgery is offered at Mountain View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry led by Dr. Lee at Mountain View CA. To book your appointments, call us at (650) 988-9458, book online, or visit us at 74 W El Camino Real, Mountain View CA 94040. 




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