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Gum grafting is needed for those who have active or chronic periodontal disease that has caused their gums to recede.
This can happen to people with a history of forcefully brushing, heavy biting forces like grinding and clenching and low oral hygiene. When the gums recede, the tooth’s root is exposed, which increases the risk of tooth root decay, inflammation, bone loss, and sensitivity.
A gum graft (also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery), is a collective name for surgical periodontal procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue.
The gum grafting procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic. The exact procedure will depend much on whether tissue is coming from the patient’s palate or a tissue bank.
Initially, small incisions will be made at the recipient site to create a small pocket to accommodate the graft. Then a split thickness incision is made and the connective tissue graft is inserted into the space between the two sections of tissue. The graft is usually slightly larger than the recession area, so some excess will be apparent.
Sutures are often placed to further stabilize the graft and to prevent any shifting from the designated site. Surgical material is used to protect the surgical area during the first week of healing. Uniformity and healing of the gums will be achieved in approximately six weeks.
Sometimes, a patient's teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. This can give the impression of the teeth being too short, even thought they are the proper length. This is often referred to as a 'gummy smile'.
We can correct this by performing gum grafting. With this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful looking smile.
Whether you’re seeking gum grafting to improve your oral health or enhance your smile, contact us to find out which procedures may be right for you!