Do you feel that your gums might be receding? Gum grafting is an oral surgery procedure used to replace soft tissue that is lost due to gum disease or receding gums. The gum tissue is a very delicate part of the oral cavity, and it plays a key role in keeping teeth healthy by protecting them from harmful bacteria and plaque buildup. Without sufficient gum tissue, teeth are at greater risk of deterioration and decay.
Gingival Recession and Gum Disease
When gum recession occurs, the exposed root of a tooth can cause pain when eating hot or cold foods or when brushing or flossing. The damage is irreversible, so the only way to treat it is to cover it with a protective barrier called a graft. A gingival graft strengthens the gum tissue that protects the root of a tooth from further injury while also protecting the tooth itself from being lost altogether. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and sedation, and patients can return to work the next day.
During your appointment, our periodontist will cut away any damaged tissue from your mouth. Once that is removed, they will use donor tissue to graft over the area that was removed. This tissue can come from anywhere in your mouth, but most commonly, it is taken from the roof of the mouth or the gums near the wisdom teeth. Once the donor tissue is in place, it will immediately begin to grow new tissue. Over time, the donor tissue will be grafted into place, and your mouth will begin to heal. After the area has fully healed, you will be left with a healthy smile!
After your treatment, you can expect some discomfort that will fade over the course of a few days. You may also experience swelling for a few days following the appointment. The periodontist will give you tips for easing the discomfort at home. You should also make sure to avoid foods and drinks that may cause irritation to the treated area and only eat soft foods that don’t require much chewing. A soft diet should continue for at least a week following your appointment.
Get Ready for Gingival Grafting
If you are ready to restore your oral health and protect the health of your teeth with gum grafting, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our periodontist. We will be able to review your situation and determine the best treatment option to help you reach your healthiest smile.
At LAGOS Periodontics & Dental Implants, Rodrigo A. Lagos, DDS, MS, practices a full scope of periodontics with expertise in preventive periodontics, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting, and dental implants. To schedule an appointment, call us at 760-568-3421 or visit our practice at 36945 Cook St., Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92260.