When is Gum Grafting Needed?
Soft-tissue grafting is used to restore gum tissue that has receded to a level where the tooth root is exposed and the gum line needs to be built back up. The procedure may also be used to prepare the mouth for restorative treatments or achieve a certain aesthetic. The surgeons at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery have performed countless tissue grafting procedures. You can rely on their expertise and dedication to deliver safe, reliable results and a quick recovery.
Gum tissue provides a natural barrier against bacteria and trauma. When gum tissue recedes or is injured due to trauma or periodontal disease, bacteria can invade and cause oral and overall health problems. Additionally, exposure of a tooth root can cause sensitivity to heat and cold, making eating and drinking certain foods uncomfortable. The exposed root may also become susceptible to decay. A gum graft restores gum tissue to an appropriate level to restore optimal function, appearance, and comfort. Since gums recede slowly over time, many people delay essential treatment or may even not be aware that there is an issue. This is particularly dangerous, as untreated gum recession and periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss. Gum disease at this level may eventually cause additional problems, such as cardiovascular issues or diabetes.
What gum grafts are available?
Fortunately, there are a variety of gum graft procedures that can be administered based on your needs. The three types of gum graft surgery are connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle (lateral) grafts. Our expert team will consult with you to assess which treatment is best for your case.
- Connective Tissue Grafts: Your oral surgeon will remove tissue from under the top layer of your hard palate, stitching tissue on existing gum tissue to cover the exposed tooth.
- Free Gingival Graft: Your oral surgeon removes tissue directly from your hard palate and stitches to the affected gum line.
- Pedicle (Lateral) Graft: Your surgeon Cuts tissue from the gum around the affected tooth, stitching the tissue over the tooth and covering the exposed root.
What is crown lengthening?
Rather than grafting from another part of the mouth, crown lengthening involves shaping existing gum tissue or even adjust the bone level to form an aesthetic and functional bond with a dental restoration, such as a crown or dental implant. Recessed gums don’t provide enough depth to secure restoration and provide a pleasing appearance. Lengthening the gum tissue with a graft helps stabilize a crown or implant and promotes a natural, attractive look.
What can I expect after?
The healing process typically takes about 1 to 2 weeks for most periodontal procedures, with many over the counter pain relief options available to manage discomfort. Fortunately, many people return to work the day following their procedure.