Schrott Perio Implants performs gum grafting procedures in Belmont, MA. For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, call our office at 617-484-9240.
What Is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting procedures are performed to cover tooth roots exposed by gum recession. Gum grafting can also correct thinning gums and prepare teeth for dental restorations.
Gum grafting is a routine periodontal procedure. The basic principle of a gum graft is taking tissue from the roof of the mouth and surgically applying it to an area that needs reinforcement.
The three main types of gum grafting are as follows:
- Connective-Tissue Graft: The periodontist takes connective tissue underneath the skin at the roof of the mouth (donor site). This tissue is then stitched to the area requiring the gum graft (recipient site). A connective-tissue graft leaves only a small incision at the donor site. A palatal bandage, which is an appliance that looks like an aligner and covers the roof of the mouth, is provided to minimize discomfort and facilitate healing at the roof of the mouth.
- Free Gingival Graft: These grafts do not only use the connective tissue but also the skin from the roof of the mouth. A palatal bandage, which is an appliance that looks like an aligner and covers the roof of the mouth, is provided to minimize discomfort and facilitate healing at the roof of the mouth.
- Dermal Allografts or Xenografts: In some cases it may not be necessary to take autogenous tissue from the roof of the mouth. Human skin donor tissue (dermal allografts) or porcine collagen products (xenografts) may be used. While this is less invasive since the roof of the mouth does not have to be accessed it should only be done in specific cases.
- Pedicle Graft: In specific situations it may not be necessary to use any grafting material at all and the periodontist may be able to take existing gum tissue from the gum near or around the tooth that needs the graft. In this procedure, the periodontist creates a flap and pulls it down or over to cover the exposed root.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
Preserves Tooth Roots
When the tooth roots become exposed, they can develop root decay or become structurally compromised by developing notches that are difficult to clean. In areas of thin and loose gum tissue infections can develop and put the affected teeth at risk. A gum graft can cover exposed roots and create a stable gum seal around your teeth preventing multiple complications.
Exposed tooth roots are unsightly. Covering them is not only a health measure but can also be cosmetic.
Improve Periodontal Disease
Gum grafting can reinforce weak, thinning gums to protect against tooth loss.
Reduce the Risk of Cavities
When the gums recede, the risk of cavities increases. Gum grafting covers vulnerable areas and lowers the risk of cavities.
Decrease Teeth Sensitivity
Gum grafts can cover sensitive parts of your teeth, leading to less discomfort when you have hot or cold foods.
Are You a Good Candidate for Gum Grafting?
You are likely a good candidate for gum grafting if you are healthy, practice good homecare and don’t smoke.
Why Choose Schrott Perio Implants?
The staff at Schrott Perio Implants is compassionate, non-judgmental, and experienced. We can help you manage receding gums using several procedures, including gum grafts.
Our highly skilled periodontists regularly and routinely perform gum graft surgery.
Dr. Schrott has been performing gum grafts since 2003 and has presented nationally and internationally about gum grafting procedures.
Technique, experience, and advanced materials allow for predictable results even in the most challenging cases.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Grafting
When is a gum graft necessary?
Gum grafting can prevent tooth loss, regenerate gums to treat recession, and improve your appearance. People with receding gums frequently receive this treatment.
Is gum grafting uncomfortable?
The procedure sounds more intimidating than it is. Most patients tolerate it well. The periodontist uses appropriate local anesthesia to complete the procedure, and you may also ask about sedation dentistry options.
After the surgery, you may have some sensitivity and soreness, but treatment is available and any discomfort should pass within a matter of days.
A palatal bandage, which is an appliance that looks like an aligner and covers the roof of the mouth, is provided to minimize discomfort and facilitate healing at the roof of the mouth.
How long does it take to heal after gum grafting?
Generally, gums take a few weeks to heal after this surgery. You will have to eat soft foods such as fish, pasta, or soft cooked vegetables for six weeks and avoid hard or crunchy food such as chips, nuts or popcorn.
Call Schrott Perio Implants
You may need a gum graft if your gums are thinning or receding. Contact our Belmont, MA office at 617-484-9420 for a consultation.