If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed into the more complex phases, you might develop gum recession. This induces a raised gumline and visible tooth roots. At SEDA Dental of Delray Beach, a part of your gum disease therapy may consist of gum graft surgery to restore your gumline. With many different graft choices, dentist Dr. Andrade will create your unique treatment plan to repair your gums. Contact our office in Delray Beach, FL to find out more information on how gum graft surgery may repair your gums, cover your teeth, and also enhance the appearance of your smile.
Most commonly, gums grafts are needed to fix gum recession brought on by gum (periodontal) disease. Your gumline might be visibly higher and your gums may pull back from your teeth. Exposed tooth roots can lead to greater sensitivity. Less common reasons that may cause or lead to gum recession are aggressive tooth brushing or using a bad 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, Dr. Andrade will assess your gums and decide if you are a good candidate for gum grafting.
What To Expect
There are different kinds of grafts that will be chosen according to your particular needs. Connective-tissue gum grafts are the most common kind used to fix exposed tooth roots. This starts by cutting an incision in the palate (roof of your mouth) to take a little flap of skin. The special connective tissue is taken from inside the flap and then grafted to your gums. A free gingival graft is comparable except that much more tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth to build up, especially thin gums. The next graft is a pedicle graft, which removes extra tissue from your mouth to wherever you need coverage. During your initial consultation, Dr. Andrade can help you select the type of graft for your needs and goals.
It is possible to go home following this procedure; however, you should recover for a couple of days. You will also need to have someone take you home if you received intravenous or oral sedation. A member of our team will explain your aftercare instructions, such as what to eat, what to avoid, and any prescription medications you will 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 shouldn't floss or brush while your gums heal. Dr. Andrade will suggest a wash to help keep your mouth fresh. You might have to go back for another appointment so your recovery and results can be tracked.
If you have dental insurance, then a member of our staff will get in touch with your provider to confirm your coverage. For remaining costs after dental insurance and also for patients without dental insurance, SEDA Dental of Delray Beach takes several payments. During your appointment, we will discuss your estimated prices. We may also give you more information on low-interest medical financing to help make your procedure more affordable.
Gum Graft Surgery
Surgical gum grafts are a restorative dental treatment at SEDA Dental of Delray Beach, utilized to fix your gums, improve your dental health, and also help to make your smile look more appealing. If you have gum recession because of advanced gum disease or other reasons, schedule an appointment at our practice in Delray Beach, FL to receive more information about the advantages of gum grafting.