Gum grafting is usually recommended by a dentist or periodontist in the case that the natural gumline has receded and left the underlying tooth structure exposed. This leaves the tooth and bone susceptible to damage and decay. To correct this, your dentist or periodontist will recommend that a gum grafting procedure be carried out. Continue reading for more information about this procedure, as well as what to expect during and after your treatment.
Gum recession is actually fairly common, especially in the elderly and those who smoke. When gum recession occurs, the gum tissue that supports and surrounds a tooth wears away, leaving the underlying tooth and bone exposed. The recession of gum tissue is something that happens gradually over time, and in most cases, patients will not notice until there is a significant change in the look of their smile, or in the case that damage or decay occurs. Gum grafting treatment is designed to restore the gum tissue in order to protect the tooth and bone structure, and to provide a more aesthetically-pleasing smile.
Different Types Of Gum Grafting
There are three main types of gum grafting that are used:
What To Expect During And After The Procedure
No matter which type of grafting your doctor has recommended for you, they will begin the procedure by ensuring that the area is completely numbed with a local anesthesia. In some cases, sedation may be used. There should be very little to no pain during the procedure. Once the dentist or periodontist has finished placing the graft and sutures and dressings have been placed, you will be given post-operative instructions to follow during your healing period, such as:
Some soreness can be expected after your procedure, but the pain relief prescription medication should relieve that for you, and healing time will be accelerated by how closely you follow your post-op instructions. You will return for a follow-up appointment for your doctor to check your healing and remove your stitches, if necessary.
Your dentist or periodontist at Willow Glen Dental Specialists will work with you to design a treatment plan that works best for you. Using the information you learned here, you will be able to discuss your treatment in length to determine exactly what you can expect during your treatment.