When gum (periodontal) disease has progressed to the more advanced stages, you may develop gum recession. This causes a higher gumline and exposed tooth roots. At SEDA Dental of Pinecrest, part of your periodontal disease treatment may include gum graft surgery to restore your gumline. With several different graft options, we will create your unique treatment plan to restore your receding gums. Contact our office in Pinecrest, FL to learn more about how gum graft surgery can repair your gums, protect your teeth, and improve the appearance of your smile.
Most commonly, gums grafts are needed to repair gum recession caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Your gumline may be visibly higher, and your gums may pull away from your teeth. The exposed tooth roots may lead to increased sensitivity. Other reasons that might cause or contribute to gum recession are brushing your teeth aggressively or with a poor technique, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or jaw clenching, and misaligned teeth. In some cases, oral piercings (lip or tongue) can irritate the gums and cause recession. During your consultation, we will assess your gums and determine if you are a good candidate for gum grafting.
What To Expect
There are different kinds of gum grafts that will be selected based on your particular condition. Connective-tissue grafts are the most common type used to correct root exposure. This involves making an incision in the roof of your mouth to create a small flap of skin. The special connective tissue is removed from inside the flap and attached to your gums. A free gingival graft is similar except that more tissue is used from the roof of the mouth to increase particularly thin gums. The third procedure is a pedicle graft that takes excess gum tissue from one area to wherever you need coverage. During your consultation, we will guide you to the best graft for your needs and goals.
You can go home after the procedure, but you should rest for a few days. You will also need to have someone drive you home if you were given oral or intravenous sedation. We will go over your recovery instructions, including what to eat, what to avoid, and any medications you need to take. You may feel some pain or discomfort for a while after your procedure, which may be reduced with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. To avoid damaging the grafts, you should not brush or floss while your gums are healing. We will recommend a rinse to keep your mouth clean. You may need to return for a follow-up appointment so we can monitor your healing and progress.
If you have dental insurance, a member of our team will contact your provider and confirm your benefits. For out-of-pocket costs after dental insurance and for patients without dental insurance, SEDA Dental of Pinecrest accepts many payment methods. During your consultation, we can go over your estimated costs. We can also tell you about low-interest medical financing to make your gum grafting more affordable.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting surgery is a restorative dental procedure at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest used to repair your gums, improve your oral health, and make your smile more attractive. If your gums are receding due to advanced periodontal disease or other causes, schedule a consultation at our office in Pinecrest, FL to learn more about the benefits of gum grafting.