Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure designed to address receding gums before they cause more serious problems. The team at SEDA Dental, with locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Pinecrest, and North Miami Beach, Florida, regularly performs gum grafting onsite, using safe and effective surgical methods. To request your gum grafting consultation today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.
Gum grafting, also known as gingival grafting, is a surgical procedure used to treat receding gums. When your gums recede, they expose the roots of your teeth. Without proper treatment, this increases your risk of decay, increased sensitivity, and even tooth loss.
During a gum grafting procedure, your SEDA Dental provider takes a piece of healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth or your surrounding gums, and attaches it to the area where your gums have worn away.
There’s no special preparation required for a gum grafting procedure. Simply show up at the office on the day of your scheduled appointment.
That said, you do need to arrange for a ride home. Following surgery, you’re given pain medications that may make it unsafe to drive.
At SEDA Dental, the team performs several different types of gum grafting, including:
If you have gums that are thin and receding, your SEDA Dental provider might recommend a free gingival graft. During this type of gum grafting procedure, your dentist removes a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it to the area of your mouth that has weak or damaged tissue.
The most common gum grafting procedure is a connective tissue graft. During this type of operation, your SEDA Dental provider creates a small flap on the roof of your mouth and removes tissue from beneath it. Your dentist then takes that tissue and stitches it to an area of your mouth that has weak or damaged gum tissue.
If you have plenty of healthy gum tissue in your mouth, your SEDA Dental provider might recommend a pedicle graft. During a pedicle graft, your dentist creates a flap of tissue right next to your receding gums. After creating the flap, your dentist stretches it to cover your receding gums. Since pedicle grafts don’t require your dentist to cut and transport tissue, they’re also the most successful type of gum graft.
Following gum grafting surgery, you’re sent home with a list of recovery instructions. During the first few weeks after your operation, try to eat soft foods such as soup, applesauce, and yogurt to prevent damage to your graft.
You’re also asked to use an antimicrobial mouthwash. This helps prevent infection and keeps plaque from building up on the surfaces of your teeth. Don’t floss or brush your gum graft until your dentist says it’s OK to do so. You should also avoid strenuous exercise or taxing physical activities.
If you’re concerned about receding gums, schedule a gum grafting consultation at SEDA Dental today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.