Posted on 7/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Your orthodontist or dentist may have determined that gum grafting is a necessary procedure due to continued problems with periodontitis. One of the factors of periodontitis is the receding of your gum tissue. By having a gum graft procedure, we can repair the damage done, and help prevent future gum recession and bone loss.
When a patient has inflamed, infected gums, they will begin to pull away from your teeth. This is your body's response to protect itself from the infection. The positive part of this is your body is protecting itself in an attempt to stop the infection from traveling further.
The negative part is the destruction of important tissue that supports your teeth and helps keep them in place. We can help a patient repair this damage and prevent it from occurring again through a surgical procedure of gum grafting.
Gum Grafting Process
The surgical procedure for gum grafting sounds scarier than it is. Done in office, your periodontist will take gum tissue from your palate, or in some cases a donor source, and use this material to cover the exposed root.
Gum grafting can be done for a single tooth or for several teeth. This process will even your gum line and assist in reducing sensitivity due to exposed tooth roots, this is one part of the process done in combination with also helping the patient combat periodontitis.
An added bonus of your gum graft procedure is enhancing the beauty of your smile. Patients are often excited to receive the benefits of both a beautiful new look to their teeth and improving their periodontal health. Repairing the damage due to gum disease can be the key to your wanting to smile, together, we can help you eat and speak pain free and with confidence.