Gum grafting is required when your gums have receded, and roots of the teeth are exposed. Gum recession commonly occurs with periodontal disease but may arise from other causes too. In gum recession, the gums pull away from the teeth leaving the tooth roots unprotected. When unprotected, bacteria can infect the sensitive tooth roots and cause a loss of bone tissue. Gum recession is usually slow. Having gum tissue grafted into place will make sure you don’t lose natural teeth to gum recession.
Gum Grafting Surgery at Smiles by Dr. Patel in Ajax
Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine the best treatment plan for you. There are a few approaches to gum tissue grafts.
- Connective-tissue grafts: Connective-tissue grafts are the most common way to repair the gum recession. You dentist cuts a flap of skin in the roof of your mouth. Subepithelial connective tissue found under the flap is removed and implanted into the gum tissue needing repair. Finally, the flap in the roof of your mouth is stitched closed.
- Free gingival grafts: Free gingival grafts use harvested tissue from the roof of the mouth. However, no flap is cut in the roof of the mouth. Instead, some tissue is removed right from the roof of the mouth and attached directly to the gums being treated. The free gingival graft procedure is ideal for people with thin gums.
- Artificial alloderm (gum tissue): If you want to avoid surgery on the roof of your mouth, sometimes alloderm can be a good option. The artificial tissue called alloderm. Alloderm once placed under your gum will transform into native tissue where gum recession has occurred.
After Gum Grafting at Smiles by Dr. Patel in Ajax
You will be able to go home right after the procedure. You’ll need someone to take you back home as the anesthesia takes a while to wear off.
If you have concerns about the health of your gums, book an appointment with us at Smiles by Dr. Patel in Ajax.