Gingival grafting, also known as a gum graft, covers a variety of periodontal surgical procedures that involve a tooth’s exposed root surface with grafted oral tissue.
These roots usually become exposed because of gingival recession resulting from periodontal disease. Gum grafting is a specialty procedure that provides several benefits to patients.
Our doctors will consult with you in order to determine if gum grafting is a good choice for your dental needs. Fortunately, FLOSS Dental is comprised of teams of specialists who have extensive experience with treatments like gum grafting.
Types of Grafting
There are several kinds of gingival grafting and each style is useful to resolve certain issues. For instance, a free gingival graft is used to thicken the tissue of the gums.
In this treatment, a layer of tissue is removed from the patient’s palate and then relocated to the area that has been impacted by gum recession. The result is that both sites are able to heal rapidly without permanent damage.
Another common procedure is the sub-epithelial connective tissue graft, which is beneficial in covering roots that have become exposed.
Tissue is removed from the palate using a virtually painless procedure and is relocated to the site where the gums recede.
An acellular dermal matrix allograft using donated human tissues that have been medically processed as the graft tissue source. There is no need to find a donor site on the patient’s palate, so the patient will experience less pain.
Reasons for Gingival Grafts
When a tooth’s root has become exposed, consuming hot or cold foods or beverages often result in extreme tooth sensitivity. Gum grafting can cover the root that has been exposed, reducing any discomfort and restoring gum and tooth health.
Gingival grafts can solve cosmetic issues as well because the recession of the gums can expose teeth and make them look longer than normal, impacting the smile. A gum graft can make your teeth appear shorter and appear more pleasing. Any adjacent tissues can be augmented and enhanced thus improving overall all smile aesthetics.
Overall gum health can be improved by a gum graft. Because periodontal disease progresses quickly and destroys gum tissue rapidly, a large amount of tissue can be destroyed if the problem is not treated.
Gum grafting will help stop the loss of bones and tissue.