When your gums start to pull away from your teeth, leaving more of the teeth exposed, we call this gum recession. Gum recession can be bad for both the look and health of your smile. To help reverse gum recession, Kennedy Dental offers free gingival grafting.
What is gum grafting?
The gum grafting procedure involves taking tissue from around the mouth and placing it around the area of gum recession. This tissue can be taken from a few different places; an area near the recession, the patients’ hard palate, or from a tissue donor. The tissue is carefully removed from one area of the mouth and then stitched into place over the area of recession. After the procedure, your body will take over the healing process. Blood vessels will begin to grow into the graft and it should help to stop any further gum recession or teeth sensitivity that you are experiencing.
Do I need a gum graft?
If you notice gum recession, ask us about gum grafting options. When the roots of your teeth become too exposed, they begin to look longer and are more prone to sensitivity and decay. We will also look for signs and symptoms that your gums are unhealthy or starting to recede when you come in to see us for exams and checkups. A periodontal gum exam is vital to evaluate the progression of recession.
How do I care for my gums after a gum graft?
It is crucial to help keep your gums and graft safe and healthy to maintain good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing can help to keep your gums and graft healthy. It is also important to come see us regularly. Issues with the gums can be hard to spot on your own. We can help monitor the area to make sure it is healing correctly.
Will my gum graft hurt?
Gingival grafts require local anesthesia. There will be minor discomfort after the procedure but it should not last too long. We recommend over-the-counter pain products to help with any discomfort. We also suggest that you eat a soft diet for a week after surgery and until your tissues have healed.