Gum Grafting - Friendly Hills Family Dentistry

Gum Grafting

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:

  • Injury
  • Smoking
  • Severe gum disease
  • Vigorous brushing
  • decay
  • 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.

Post Surgery

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:

  • Infections
  • 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

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