Why Should I Consider Gum Grafting?
When we begin to lose gum tissue, it will never grow back by itself. This can lead to sensitivity to cold or hot food, pain when brushing, and even damage to the supporting bone. If you have receding gums, your dentist may recommend a gum tissue graft.
Learn more about the causes of gum recession and how a gum graft works so you can decide if this procedure is right for you.
What Is Gum Grafting?
Different Types of Gum Tissue Grafts
There are three different types of gum tissue grafts that dentists typically perform: connective tissue grafts, free gingival grafts, and pedicle grafts. Since each graft takes care of different issues, your dentist will work with you to decide which graft will best suit your needs.
Connective Tissue Graft
A connective tissue graft is the most common type of gum graft used to treat tooth root exposure. During the procedure, your dentist will open a small flap in the roof of your mouth to remove a piece of connective tissue called the subepithelial connective tissue. This connective tissue is then stitched to the gum tissue around the exposed root, and the flap in the roof of your mouth is stitched back down.
Free Gingival Graft
Like the connective tissue graft, a free gingival graft uses tissue from the roof of your mouth. However, instead of creating a flap to remove connective tissue, your dentist will remove a small amount of tissue directly from the roof of your mouth and attach it to the area being treated. The free gingival graft method is most often used on people who have thin gums and need more tissue to help enlarge their gums.
During the pedicle graft procedure, tissue is taken from the gum near the area that needs repair. This flap, which is called a pedicle, is partially cut away so one edge remains attached. It’s then pulled over the exposed tooth root and sewn into place. Only people who have plenty of gum tissue near the tooth can qualify for a pedicle graft.
Dental Care After Gum Graft Surgery
While gum grafts can help repair gum recession, you need to keep up with proper dental care after the surgery to make sure future problems don’t arise. In addition to regular dental checkups, you also want to make sure you floss daily, brush twice a day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day. Staying away from tobacco products and eating a healthy diet can also help you prevent further damage.
If you’re dealing with a receding gum line, gum grafting might be the solution you need to help relieve your pain and sensitivity. Contact Fraserview Dentist today to discuss this procedure with our dentists and see if it’s the right option for you.