Gum grafting is a dental procedure that can help restore receding gums, improve oral health, and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have been considering gum grafting but have some questions or concerns, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we will address some common questions about gum grafting and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your dental health.
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking gum tissue from one area of your mouth and placing it in another area where the gums have receded. This can be necessary for several reasons, including gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, genetics, or trauma to the gums. By restoring the gum tissue, gum grafting helps protect the tooth roots, reduce tooth sensitivity, and prevent further gum recession.
During the gum grafting procedure, your periodontist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Then, they will carefully remove a small piece of tissue from the donor site, which is typically the roof of your mouth or another area in your mouth. The tissue is then placed over the exposed tooth roots and secured in place with sutures. Over time, the graft will integrate with your existing gum tissue, providing a natural-looking and functional result.
After gum grafting, it is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and sensitivity in the treated area. Your periodontist will provide you with specific post-operative instructions, including pain management techniques and dietary restrictions. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few days to a week, but it may take several weeks for the gums to fully heal.
In some cases, gum recession can be treated with non-surgical methods such as scaling and root planing or using a special mouthwash to promote gum tissue growth. However, these methods may not be suitable for everyone, especially if the gum recession is severe or if there is a need for cosmetic improvement. Your periodontist will evaluate your specific case and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you.
If you have any further questions about gum grafting or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aaron T. Ward, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (801) 394-6651. Our friendly team is here to provide you with the information and support you need to achieve optimal oral health. Don't let gum recession hold you back from a healthy and beautiful smile - contact us today.