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Gum Grafting & Gum Graft Recovery

Your gums are vital to your oral health, and also have a direct correlation to the general health of the human body. Gum disease has been associated with diabetes, heart problems, and other conditions. Gum tissue is responsible for holding teeth in place and protecting their roots and bone structure. When gum tissue is damaged, it makes the entire human body more susceptible to disease, especially the oral cavity. This is why gum tissue grafts have become so important in the world of dentistry.

Gum recession, caused by gum disease, hormone fluctuations, tobacco use, injury, etc. makes gum tissue and teeth more vulnerable to bacteria, penetration, and general trauma. Gum recession cannot be ignored. If gum reconstruction is not conducted when necessary, teeth can fall out, bone loss and bacterial infections may result, and other issues could arise.

Gum grafting is a dental procedure which restores receding gum tissue by instigating the growth of new, healthy tissue. Several gum grafting techniques are available in today’s dental offices, and each addresses different patient needs.

Types of Gum Grafting Procedures

Gum grafting is meant to rebuild gum tissue where gingiva has been damaged, either due to trauma, bacterial infection, or uncontrollable variables. Three kinds of gum grafting include gingival flap surgery, gum regeneration, and soft tissue grafting.

Gingival flap surgery is utilized when bacteria accumulates beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is lifted and folded over so the bacteria underneath can be cleaned out. Then, the tissue is resecured and allowed to heal in place.

Gum regeneration involves the same method as gingival flap surgery, where the gum tissue is folded back in order to remove bacteria underneath it. However, gum regeneration also involves placing a bone graft where bone loss has occurred due to the tissue recession. Once this is done, a regenerative material is applied to encourage new tissue growth in that area. Finally, the gum tissue is secured over the tooth root(s).

Soft tissue grafting is when gum tissue from another area of the mouth is removed and attached to the receding gum tissue. The gum tissue covers exposed roots, prevents further deterioration, and strengthens teeth. Sometimes, a pedicle graft may be taken, which is when the soft tissue used to restore the receding gingiva is taken from near the affected tissue (not the roof of the mouth).

Gum Graft Cost & Recovery

Gum grafts can be costly, however, they are often covered by dental insurance. Of course, every situation is different and it is important to talk to your dentist about payment options. At Family Dental Care, your affordable dentist in Lakeview, you can be sure to get the care you need.

Recovery from gum grafting includes pain management, diet restrictions, and oral care. Your dentist will provide you with advice and instructions to help you through recovery.

You will be told to avoid flossing and brushing the repaired gum tissue until it has thoroughly healed. You may be given a mouth rinse to help control bacteria during the recovery period, as well as antibiotics in some cases to prevent infection.

It will be important to eat only soft foods that are a mild temperature, such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, soup, etc. You may also be prescribed anti-inflammatory and/or pain medication to help keep you comfortable following the procedure.

Your Trusted Lakeview Dentist

If you are searching for a reliable dentist in Lakeview who has experience with gum grafting, look no further than Family Dental Care. Our team is here to help keep your smile beautiful and strong for years to come. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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