Gum Grafting

Gum Grafting

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of gum recession, although genetics, accidents, trauma, and health problems can also cause the gum tissue to recede. When gum recession occurs, the gum line looks shorter, which means that the tooth roots are losing their natural cover. You may notice that your teeth look larger than normal or somewhat disfigured.

Dr. Justin Bordlemay in Richmond Hill, GA can treat gum recession caused by periodontal disease or other problems with a gum graft treatment. Gum grafting improves the appearance and health of the gum line using soft tissue from other areas of your mouth.

Three Gum Grafting Procedures

1. Connective tissue graft: Patients with periodontal disease who have lost significant gum tissue commonly undergo this procedure. Dr. Bordlemay creates a small flap in the roof of the mouth, removes a sample of soft tissue from under the flap, and uses it to elongate the receding gum area.

2. Free gingival graft: A free gingival graft is often the best choice for patients whose gums are thinner than usual. In this case, Dr. Bordlemay will not create a flap but instead remove tissue directly from the roof of the mouth and place it along the receded area.

3. Pedicle graft: Pedicle grafts are for patients who have gum recession but still have enough natural gum tissue to work with. In this case, Dr. Bordlemay will create a small flap right on the gum line and pull the tissue over the tooth roots to create longer, healthier gums.

Recovering from Gum Grafting Surgery

• Some post-surgical discomfort is expected but can be reduced with an over the counter pain medication if needed.

• Stick to soft foods and liquids for a week or more to allow the gums to heal. Do not brush or floss the treated areas but use the mouthwash Dr. Bordlemay prescribes to control plaque.

Gum recession caused by periodontal disease and other problems can be repaired with a gum graft in Richmond Hill, GA by Dr. Bordlemay. Call us today for your consultation and smile with confidence again!

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