What is a Gum Graft?
A gum graft is a surgical procedure that replaces receding gum tissue with synthetic or other natural tissue.
Periodontitis disease is caused by:
- Severe gum disease
- Vigorous brushing
- Benefits of a gum graft
- Gum grafting has both cosmetic and restorative benefits, including:
- Protects your oral health
- Prevents tooth and bone loss
- Lowers your risk of tooth decay
- Takes care of any tooth sensitivity
- Eating and chewing are made more comfortable
How do I know if I need a gum graft?
You might notice some gum recession when you check your mouth in the mirror, but the only way to truly know if a gum graft is needed is to have your mouth examined by a dental professional.
Our dentists can perform a comprehensive oral checkup to examine the health of your teeth and gums. In case of receding gums, we can refer you to a local periodontist to discuss whether
Three Things You Should Know About a Gum Grafting
Healing Time: A gum graft is a safe and effective procedure that significantly improves your oral health. You will be able to go home, following your procedure. However, if you have been given a sedative, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home.
Timeline: Generally, soft tissue healing will take 1-2 weeks
Depending on the type of gum graft, you may be uncomfortable for a few days.
Some recommended dietary changes; to start with liquids like a smoothie or soup for a few days. Then soft foods like eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, and well-cooked vegetables until gums are healed. Once healed, you can resume eating all foods.
There is a low risk for complications:
- Uneven healing
- Loosening sutures
- Severe swelling
How to Take Good Care Of Your Gums
In order to avoid intrusive gum graft surgery, here are some simple tips to keep your gums healthy:
- ALWAYS brush after meals
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings, at least twice a year.
- Flossing when you brush but especially before bed to remove any food particles between and around your teeth.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce bacteria that can cause gingivitis
- Eat a balanced diet
- Reduce sugar intake
- Drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities
- Avoid tobacco products and cigarettes