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Gum Graft

Young woman smilingIf you experience sensitivity to hot and cold often, your gums could be receding. Gum recession exposes a portion of your tooth’s root as it pulls away from the tissue that surrounds your tooth. A gum graft is a type of dental surgery performed to correct gum recession. A gum surgery might sound intense, but it is not. It is a simple surgery in which healthy gum tissue is removed from the palate in your mouth to attach it to the section where your gums have receded. Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can help to reduce the risk for further loss with a gum graft.

Causes of Gum Recession

A common cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, which is a severe form of gum disease. Lack of oral hygiene, genetic makeup, hormonal changes, and diseases like diabetes also contribute to gum recession. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who smoke are three to four times more likely to suffer from gum recession than nonsmokers. Other reasons include an aggressive brushing style and the extreme force of grinding on your teeth.

Procedures for Gum Grafts

Connective-tissue grafts are the common procedure for gum grafting. Healthy gum tissue is removed from the palate in your mouth so it can be attached to the section where your gums have receded. Connective-tissue grafts are often used as a treatment option on a single or multiple areas of recession. Other procedures include free gingival grafts in which part of tissue is collected from the palate to attach it to the existing gum area. In addition to that, pedicle grafts are also a procedure that uses the tissue adjacent to the tooth requiring treatment.

Gum Grafting Benefits

Through gum grafts you can reduce the tooth sensitivity toward hot and cold foods, in addition to stopping progression of receding gums and further loss of bone. It also plays a vital part in protecting the teeth from tooth decay along with the roots. Gum grafts are also perfect for gumline, thus giving you the confidence of smiling and speaking without being worried about the appearance of your teeth.

Recovery From Gum Tissue Grafts

You will be able to go home after the completion of the procedure. However, it is better to relax and have someone else drive you. There is also some postoperative care, such as avoiding brushing or flossing the gumline at the treatment area, using a special mouthwash to help control plaque, taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, and avoiding smoking.

The amount of pain or discomfort varies from person to person, as it depends on the type of gum graft performed. You should feel minimal pain if part of the tissue is not removed from your palate. However, if tissue is removed from the palate in your mouth, you may be uncomfortable for a few days. The healing process does not take longer than one to two weeks. In some cases that take more time to heal, medications are prescribed to help manage pain or discomfort. For further information, please call Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry at (657) 341-0808 today.


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