What is Gum Graft Surgery?
Gum recession is characterized by a deterioration of gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Typically caused by periodontal (gum) disease, misaligned teeth, habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth, or a range of other factors, gums that are receding can cause a number of oral health issues to emerge, such as tooth damage or decay. At Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX, our team of skilled dental professionals can restore your gumline and the tissue around your teeth with advanced gum grafting techniques. A gum graft is a type of gingival treatment that uses gum tissue from other areas of your mouth or another donor source and reinstates it in the areas of recession. This serves to replenish lost gum tissue and restore a more healthy gumline. If you have gum recession, receiving treatment is paramount to maintain your oral health. A gum grafting procedure helps to protect the roots of the teeth from potential bacteria and infection as well as reinvent your smile to make it more youthful and beautiful. If you are beginning to experience signs of recession or think a periodontal grafting procedure could benefit your oral health, contact our office and schedule an appointment with our general dentist.
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Do I Need Gum Graft Surgery?
Any patient experiencing gum recession or loss could benefit from a gum grafting procedure to restore the health and appearance of their teeth. Because gum recession often alters the look of your smile, you will likely notice some changes, including tooth discoloration near the gumline or teeth that appear longer in length. Additionally, you might notice tenderness when flossing or brushing your teeth or sensitivity to foods and beverages of varying temperatures. The primary cause of gum recession is normally periodontal disease, but it could also be brought on by genetics, bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding), misaligned teeth, oral piercings, or overly aggressive brushing habits. During your appointment, our dentist will assess the condition of your gums and help you to determine whether or not a gum grafting procedure is needed to restore your oral health.
How is Gum Graft Surgery Performed?
For a gum graft procedure, it's usually better to use your own tissue as a donor. When this is not an option, gum samples can be taken from other biocompatible donors or created from synthetic materials. Our dentist will place your samples in their proper positions and then suture them in place. Gum tissue that is grafted to another area usually blends seamlessly, especially when the correct techniques are used. Your treatment may be completed in one in-office visit or over the course of several visits, depending on how much tissue needs to be replenished throughout your mouth. To perform your gum graft procedure, our dentist may employ any of the following advanced techniques:
- Connective Tissue Graft: A connective tissue graft uses tissue taken from the roof of your mouth, right below the outer layer of skin. This is the most commonly executed technique for gum grafting.
- Pedicle Gum Graft: Utilizing tissue from a neighboring tooth that has enough gum tissue to be extended, a pedicle graft involves creating a flap around a nearby tooth. This flap is then stretched over to the tooth that has been affected by recession to properly cover the root.
- Free Gingival Graft: A free gingival graft is similar to a connective tissue graft as it also uses tissue from the roof of your mouth. However, in this case, the tissue comes directly from the outer layer.
How Long is the Recovery After Gum Surgery?
Following your gum graft procedure, a member of our team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions so you can properly care for your healing gums. We advise patients to refrain from eating until the local anesthetic from their treatment has completely worn off. Our Rosenberg, TX office also suggests that patients take it easy in the days following their treatment and to keep physical activity to a minimum. You may benefit from adopting a soft food diet as your gums recover. Our dentist may prescribe an antibacterial mouth wash for you to use once a day to control the development and accumulation of bacteria. Our office will schedule a follow-up visit for you 2 – 3 weeks after your procedure so we can monitor your progress and healing. After a gum grafting procedure, it's important to continue to stick to an oral health routine that includes daily flossing and brushing. You should also attend your yearly dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings at Made Ya Smile so our team can keep your oral health in check for the years to come.
Does Insurance Cover Gum Surgery?
Since a gum graft is typically a restorative treatment for periodontal disease, some of the costs of your procedure may be covered in part by your insurance. We will contact your provider to ascertain your benefits and figure out your out-of-pocket costs. If you have additional charges, or if you don't have dental insurance at all, our office accepts a range of payments, including most major debit and credit cards, cash, and medical financing both through our office and via CareCredit®. If you have any concerns or questions that relate to financing your procedure, don't hesitate to contact our Rosenberg, TX office. Our team at Made Ya Smile works hard to ensure that your dental care is accessible and affordable!
Treatment for Gum Recession
Gum recession can cause many other oral problems to arise and weaken your overall health. Over time, you may even begin to notice your teeth becoming loose due to a deterioration of necessary gum tissue. To prevent this from happening and to restore your oral health, our dentist and team perform gum grafting treatments for many patients every year. If you are beginning to notice signs of gum loss, such as discoloration near the gums, contact Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX to learn more about your options for treatment.