Gum Grafting Treatment

What To Expect from Gum Grafting Treatment

Gum grafting treatment is advised by our periodontist in Livermore when your natural gumline has reduced and left the underlying tooth structure uncovered. It leaves the tooth and bone exposed to wear and decay. To rectify this, our periodontist will suggest the procedure of gum tissue graft surgery. 

Gum Grafting Treatment for Recession

Gum recession is common, particularly in the elders or people who smoke. When gum recession happens, the gum tissue that sustains and covers a tooth wears away, leaving the underlying tooth and bone uncovered. The recession of gum tissue happens slowly over time, and in most circumstances, patients will not detect until there is a significant difference in the look of their smile or the case where severe damage or decay happens. Gum grafting treatment in Livermore is designed to correct the gum tissue to rescue the tooth, bone structure, and provide a more aesthetically appealing smile.

Different Types Of Gum Grafting

There are three main types of gum grafting treatment:

  • Connective-Tissue Grafting:

    A piece of skin is cut from the roof of the healthy part of the mouth. Beneath this part of the skin is the subepithelial connective tissue, which the periodontist will remove and move to the place of gum recession in the mouth. The skin of the roof of the mouth is sutured back.

  • Pedicle Grafting:

    This method is less common, as it demands the patient to have a proper portion of gum tissue covering the tooth. The periodontist will cut a piece of skin from the gum near the tooth. The piece will then be stretched to hide the space where the recession has happened.

  • Free Gingival Grafting:

    During free gingival grafting, a healthy part of the mouth roof skin will be removed and put straight on the site of gum recession.

  • Donor Tissue Grafting:

    This is regarded as the grafting choice that is less painful and intrusive for the patient. Sterile tissue is taken from a donor and put into the patient’s mouth. It is a favorite among both periodontists and patients, as it permits the patient to have the most relaxing experience possible.

What To Expect During & After The Grafting Treatment

No matter which grafting processor our periodontist in Livermore has suggested for you, they will begin the process by assuring that the area is numbed with local anesthesia. In some matters, sedation can be used. There should be very little to no discomfort during the process. Once the periodontist has finished putting the graft sutures and dressings have been placed, you will be getting post-operative guidelines to follow during your recovery period, such as:

  • Avoid too hot or cold food and drinks
  • Avoid smoking
  • Keep a diet of soft foods
  • Avoid harsh activity
  • Take prescribed medication 

Some soreness can occur after the procedure, but the pain relief prescription medication should ease that for you, and recovery time will be hastened by how closely you pursue your post-operation instructions. You have to attend follow-up appointments with our periodontist in Livermore to check your recovery process and remove your stitches if required.

Our periodontist at Endo & Perio will work with you to create a treatment plan that suits you the best. Call us to book your appointment at our dental office in Livermore.

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