Gum Grafting Overview
If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed into the periodontitis or advanced periodontitis stages, you may have gum recession. This is characterized by a raised or lowered gumline that exposes the underlying tooth roots. At West Bridgewater Dental, a part of your gum disease therapy could consist of surgical gum grafting to restore your gumline. Our highly experienced board-certified dentists use a range of gum grafting techniques and can create your ideal treatment plan to restore a healthy gumline. Contact our office in West Bridgewater, MA to find out more on how gum grafting may repair your gums, cover your teeth, and also enhance the overall look of your smile.
Best Candidates for Gum Grafting
Gum grafts often are performed to fix gum recession caused by gum (periodontal) disease. Your gumline might be higher or lower than before as the gums pull away from your teeth during the periodontal disease process. Exposed tooth roots can result in greater tooth sensitivity and increased risk of tooth decay. Less common factors that may cause the gums to recede are aggressive tooth brushing or improper technique, frequent jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism), and dental misalignment. Sometimes, oral piercings (tongue or lip) can rub against the gums and lead to recession. During your appointment, our team will examine your gums and decide if you're a candidate for gum grafts.
What To Expect with Gum Grafting
Various types of grafts may be recommended according to your specific needs. Connective tissue gum grafts are the most common type used to cover exposed tooth roots. These grafts are completed by making an incision in the palate (roof of your mouth) to create a little flap of skin. The connective tissue is taken from beneath the flap and then grafted to your gums. A free gingival graft is comparable, except that a greater amount of tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and used to repair especially thin gums. Another type is a pedicle graft, which uses nearby gum tissue to cover the roots for neighboring teeth. At your initial consultation, our experienced team of dentists can help you select the type of graft to suit your needs.
Gum Grafting Recovery
It's possible to go home immediately following this grafting procedure; however, you'll need to recover for a couple of days. You must also have a responsible adult take you home if you receive extensive types of sedation. Our team will explain your aftercare instructions, such as dietary restrictions and any prescription medications you'll need to take. You might feel some discomfort or pain for a short amount of time after the procedure, which may be minimized with cold packs and nonprescription pain medication. To prevent damaging the grafts, you should avoid flossing or brushing while your gums heal. We may suggest a mouth rinse to help keep your mouth fresh during the recovery period. A follow-up visit may be required so our team can track your recovery and improvements.
Gum Grafting Insurance Coverage
If you're using dental insurance, a member of our staff will get in touch with your insurer and confirm your coverage amounts. For remaining costs after insurance, and also for patients with no insurance, West Bridgewater Dental accepts several methods of payments. During your appointment, our knowledgeable team will discuss your estimated treatment cost. We can also give you more information on low-interest financing to help make your procedure easier to afford.
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Gum Graft Surgery
Surgical gum grafts are a periodontal treatment our skilled team at West Bridgewater Dental uses to restore receded gums, improve dental health, and improve the appearance of the smile. If you have gum recession because of gum disease or other reasons, schedule an appointment at our West Bridgewater, MA facility to learn more about the advantages of gum grafts.