4 Types of Tissue Grafts

There are many reasons to see a grafting specialist in South Ogden, UT, from repairing the damage of periodontal disease to improving the appearance of your smile

But did you know there are several types? Keep reading to learn more!

Types of Tissue Grafts

1. Connective tissue graft 

A connective tissue graft is the most common type of gum grafting. It’s usually used to treat gum retraction caused by gum disease, trauma, or other such issues.

The procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue from the root of the mouth and placing it over the areas where retraction occurred. The stitched tissue will then heal into the rest of the gums and replace the missing gums, leading to a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy smile.

2. Free gingival grafts 

A free gingival graft is similar to a connective tissue procedure, except it’s reserved for patients with minor gum retraction or who are in the early stages of it. 

The procedure allows for enhanced precision when reconstructing the gum tissue and uses a smaller amount of tissue, meaning the surgeon won’t remove as much from the roof of your mouth.

3. Pedicle grafts 

During a pedicle graft, the surgeon removes gum tissue from another area of the jaw, not the root of the mouth. This procedure can only be done if the patient has enough healthy gum tissue left after extraction.

4. Donor grafts 

If the tissue cannot be harvested from the patient, then the surgeon may recommend a donor graft, meaning the gum will come from someone else. These can be highly successful procedures and help patients with severe gum damage repair their oral health.

How Does Tissue Grafting Work? 

First, Dr. Aaron T. Ward will make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure by looking at your gums, overall oral health, and even medical history.

The procedure itself is done under local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain. Dental sedation may also be used if you have anxiety or otherwise need it. 

A piece of tissue is harvested from the mouth and then sutured over your gums to restore it. After that, Dr. Aaron T. Ward will provide some at-home care instructions to ensure the gums heal properly.

Why Would I Need a Tissue Graft?

There are several reasons why patients may undergo a gum grafting procedure:

  • To address the gum recession
  • To prepare for implant surgery or other smile restorations
  • To get a more visually pleasing smile
  • To protect your teeth’s roots and reduce sensitivity

Whatever the reason, bond grafting may help improve your oral health and lead to a beautiful smile.

If you want to know which tissue graft is the right solution for you, see Dr. Aaron T. Ward for a short consultation.

You can request a visit to Dr. Aaron Ward for Periodontics and Dental Implants here.

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