What is Gum Grafting?
Gum recession is incredibly common, and it often begins to affect patients as they age. It can be caused by gum disease, aggressive brushing and poor oral hygiene. Unfortunately, gum recession can be unsightly, while causing severe tooth sensitivity and issues with decay. We offer gum grafting and pinhole surgical techniques to help cover these exposed roots.
Why would Gum Grafting be needed?
As gum recession begins, most patients are unaware that they even have it. Over time, the recession gets to the point where you’re dealing with severe sensitivity as well as issues with tooth decay and tartar buildup. Some things that can cause gum recession include:
- Gum disease
- Aggressive brushing
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
Who is a candidate for Gum Grafting?
We will perform an exam to determine if you have gum recession. Most often, this can be found with a simple examination. If you have gum recession, we will provide you with treatment options that are best suited to your needs. For mild gum recession, we may help you to make better hygiene choices to prevent the recession from getting worse before treatment is needed.
What happens during Gum Grafting?
Typical gum grafting involves placing a piece of tissue over the area that has receded. This tissue is often taken from the palate of the mouth and sutured in front of the tooth. A new technique, known as the pinhole technique, requires no incisions or stitches. This procedure involves making a small pinhole through the gums and using a special tool to loosen the gum tissue. This loosened tissue is then spread over the area where it is missing, and the gums naturally heal over time. Both procedures are incredibly helpful for restoring your smile and getting rid of areas that have receded. This can prevent issues with sensitivity and keep your teeth protected from decay.
If you would like to come into the office to consult with us about gum grafting, call us today to schedule a convenient appointment with one of our