Gum grafting is a standard recommendation among dentists for patients suffering from receding gums. While it may sound intimidating, it is not as bad as many believe.
Gum grafting is a standard recommendation among dentists for patients suffering from receding gums. While it may sound intimidating, it is not as bad as many believe. Gum grafting is a dental approach ideal for receding gums and treating the resulting damages caused by it. The procedure can also enhance your smile.
Gum recession results from the gum detaching from the teeth, and it uncovers the root and increases bone height. The exposure can lead to loosening teeth and gum-related problems, including hot and cold sensitivity, an increased probability of tooth decay, and a lessening of the attractiveness of your smile.
Gum recession is a progressive condition that can fly under the radar initially. It's also a relatively common issue that typically affects nearly 12% of adults.
Dentists recommend gum tissue grafting to treat receding gum. It's often used to address a targeted area and, depending on the patient's situation, will be completed using one of three approaches:
Connective: This is the most common grafting technique used by dentists. During this surgical procedure, dentists remove a section of the gum tissue from beneath the palate's top layer, which is referred to as the subepithelial connective tissue. The removed tissue is then situated on the targeted gum area, and it is then stitched together.
Free Gingival: This method is ideal for patients with thinner gums. The dentist will remove gum tissue directly from the roof of the mouth to apply to the defective gum.
Pedicle: The pedicle procedure requires an incision around the troubled tooth. Careful not to remove it altogether. The partial incision creates a tissue flap that exposes the tooth's surface when lifted.
Dentists also commonly use tissue banks to source graft material, considering that a particular protein stimulus may be needed to promote the natural healing process.
Do you believe gum grafts are an option for you? Contact Dr. Amy Khajavi to set up a consultation to discuss your needs for gum-related solutions.