Gum Grafting

If you are experiencing gum recession, consider having a gum graft examination. A standard oral surgical procedure, gum grafting thickens existing gums or covers a tooth root surface, preventing future recession. 

Gum recession occurs for many reasons. The most common one is periodontal disease. Gum graft surgery will improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile and reduce your risk of additional oral issues.

At ToothHQ Dental Specialists, we are here to give you a bright and healthy smile. We are proud to provide a safe environment with the latest dental technology.

Contact us now if you would like to know more about our dental services or have questions about gum disease. We are highly committed to giving our amazing patients the service they deserve when it comes to maintaining those pearly whites.

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Gum Grafting Benefits

Some of the instant and extended benefits of gum grafting include:

  • Stabilizes and strengthens your gums 
  • Reduces further gum recession
  • Mitigates teeth sensitivity
  • Transforms your smile back to naturally attractive

Gum Grafting Types

We perform four types of gum tissue grafts:

  • Free Gingival Graft: A part of your palate tissue is taken and applied to the affected area. This common procedure is for those with thin gums needing more tissue in the gum area.
  • Connective-Tissue Graft: This procedure might be right for you if you have roots exposed by gum tissue. It involves removing connective tissue from the roof of your mouth and re-stitching it to the gum tissue around the exposed root.  
  • Pedicle Grafts: If you have a large amount of gum tissue built up around the tooth, you could qualify for a pedicle graft. This procedure involves tissue grafted from gum adjacent to the tooth. This flap is cut partially while one edge remains. Finally, the gum is pulled over the root and sewn shut.
  • Allograft: A great, painless gum grafting alternative, the allograft is a method where the tissue is gathered from a human donation and processed medically for sterilization.

The Process of Gum Grafting

If you’re considering gum grafting, book an initial consultation now. At that time, we’ll examine the oral health of your teeth, review your medical history, and decide what treatment is best for your personal needs.

If we decide gum graft surgery is the best choice for you, the process will begin with a local anesthetic. The anesthesia we use varies depending on the case severity and the sensitivities you may experience after. Once numbed, we remove tissue from your palate or adjacent tooth (unless donor tissue is used) and graft it to the receded gum area. Finally, to help stabilize the graft, we use sutures to prevent movement.

After completion, you can enjoy your bright new healthy smile!

Gum Grafting Aftercare

In this section, you will find out how you can take care of gum graft before and after the procedure. Let’s start! After your gum graft exam, please follow the post-exam instructions provided by your periodontist. Avoid extremely hot or cold beverages.

Additionally, stick to a soft food diet for the first two weeks. After that, reintroduce harder foods during the following two weeks in moderation. Prescribed medication is also available to alleviate pain or discomfort, preventing infection as part of proper gum grafting recovery.

Once fully healed, there are no more healing stages you need to follow, but practice good oral hygiene habits. For instance, brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly, and practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. Lastly, continue to schedule regular checkups with your periodontist every six months. With a consistent oral health care routine, you will reduce your risk of future related oral health issues.

Gum Grafting Investment Care

Many factors affect the cost of gum graft surgery. Your case will depend on its severity, any additional needed procedures before or after treatment, and your insurance plan. 

Our team is here to help complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have regarding billing. 

We request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork for patients with insurance plans to expedite this process.

Take note: to minimize gum graft costs to our patients while still maintaining the highest level of dental care, we have the following financial policies:

  • We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
  • Full payment due after services rendered
  • Available payment plan options via www.CareCredit.com
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FAQ for Gum Grafting

The gum grafting procedure is, in fact, painless as the periodontist who will first numb the affected area. However, there are chances you may feel some movement or pressure when your periodontist performs the procedure.

Seeking the fastest way to heal a gum graft, the following tips can help you out. 

  • Pain medications and ice packs
  • Avoid exertion during gum graft recovery
  • Stick to a liquid diet after gum graft recovery 
  • Rinse your mouth after 24 hours of gum graft surgery
  • Eat foods and fruits rich in vitamin C and A

Gum graft surgery is necessary when the gums have receded enough to expose the roots of your tooth. When gum recession occurs, it forms a pocket between the tooth and the gums, which becomes the breeding ground for bacteria to build up and severely impact your oral health.

Yes, a dentist can fix receding gum through gum grafting, which is a minor surgical procedure that involves taking healthy gum tissue from other parts of the mouth and attaching it to where the gum has receded. Consequently, this provides extra tissue to build the gums back up.