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Tissue Grafting

Are you experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold? Do your teeth look longer than before? If so, you may be experiencing gum recession, which exposes a portion of your tooth’s root. Gum recession can occur gradually and may not be noticeable. Although you may not feel it now, this can have drastic consequences for your oral health. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we offer tissue grafting to repair your gums and prevent future tissue loss.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum (periodontal) disease is the most common cause of receding gums. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your connective tissues and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss. You may develop gum disease from improper oral hygiene, hormonal changes, a genetic predisposition, and other illnesses such as diabetes.

When gum recession is caused by tartar and plaque deposits, a professional cleaning can help improve your periodontal health. When the condition is more advanced, we may implement a nonsurgical procedure called scaling and root planing. In severe cases, osseous surgery may be necessary. If your recession is extensive, gum graft surgery can repair the wounded area and prevent future infection.

Types of Gum Grafts

There are three types of tissue grafts that our specialists may perform, depending on your circumstances:
•  Connective tissue grafts. During this procedure, a flap will be created in the roof of your mouth (palate), and a portion of subepithelial connective tissue removed. The tissue is then stitched into your gums surrounding the exposed root. Once the graft is complete, the flap is sutured back to your palate. This is the most common form of gum graft.
•  Free gingival grafts. During a free gingival graft, a small amount of tissue is removed directly from your palate and attached to the gum. This method is similar to a connective tissue graft but does not require the subepithelial tissue that rests under your palate. Patients with thin gums benefit from this graft.
•  Pedicle grafts. During this procedure, the tissue is grafted from the surrounding healthy gums. A flap, called a pedicle, is partially cut away so that one edge remains attached to the healthy gum. The other edge is then pulled over the exposed root and sutured into place. Only patients with a significant amount of gum tissue may receive this graft.

Our specialists may encourage the use of tissue-stimulating proteins to stimulate tissue growth before suggesting a gum graft. Gum grafts are not as scary as they sound. Local anesthetic can eliminate pain and discomfort during the procedure. Many patients experience a short healing period and excellent results.

Recovering From Tissue Grafts

Sacramento, CA woman smiling about her renewed periodontal health from a tissue graft by her dentist.If you receive some form of sedation during the procedure, you will need to make driving arrangements for after the appointment. We will give you specific care instructions to minimize the healing process and maximize results. Do not floss or brush the new gum tissue until you are fully healed. You will need to use a special mouth rinse to help control plaque and bacteria during the healing period. For patients prone to infection, we may prescribe antibiotics. We recommend eating soft foods for at least a week or two. Over-the-counter medications, such as anti-inflammatories and pain reducers, can help keep you comfortable in the days after surgery.

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