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Common Types of Gum Grafting
The four types of gum tissue grafts that can be performed include:
- Free Gingival Graft: A portion of tissue is taken from the palate and applied to the affected area. Commonly performed for patients with thin gums who need more tissue to increase the area of the gum.
- Connective-tissue Graft: Primarily used for patients with exposed roots. The procedure involves removing connective tissue from the roof of the mouth and stitching this tissue to the gum tissue around the root that is exposed, after which the flap is stitched back into place.
- Pedicle Grafts: A pedicle graft is a graft that can be performed for patients who have a significant amount of gum tissue around the tooth. If this qualification is met, tissue is grafted from gum that is adjacent to the tooth. During the procedure, the flap is partially cut, with one edge remaining attached. Next, the gum is pulled down or over the root and sewn shut.
- Allograft: This type of graft is made from a material that is gathered from a donated human tissue, which is then processed medically for sterilization. One of the primary benefits of this type of graft is that it is less painful to collect.
The Gum Grafting Process
In order to determine if gum grafting is right for you, you will need to schedule an initial consultation, during which we will examine the overall health of your teeth, review your medical history, and determine what treatment options are best suited to your unique needs.
If gum grafting is determined to be the optimal treatment option for you, your procedure will typically begin with a local anesthetic. The type of anesthesia that is used may vary, depending upon the severity of your case as well as your overall sensitivity. Once you are properly numbed, tissue is removed from your palate or adjacent tooth (unless you are using donor tissue) and then grafted onto the area where the gum has receded. Sutures are often used to help stabilize the graft and prevent it from moving.
Once this step is complete, you can begin enjoying your bright new healthy smile!
Aftercare for Gum Grafting
Following your gum graft procedure, it is critical to follow the post-procedure instructions provided by your periodontist. It will also be important to avoid beverages that are extremely hot or cold and stick to a soft food diet for the first two weeks, slowly reintroducing harder foods as the healing process progresses. You may also be prescribed medication to help alleviate pain and/or antibiotics to help prevent infection from developing.
Once you have fully healed, there are no additional aftercare instructions you will need to follow, although it is important to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, and ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques and continue scheduling regular checkups with your periodontist every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing additional periodontal issues and you can continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.
Gum Grafting Cost
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of the gum grafting procedure, such as the severity of your case, the extent of the recession, any associated procedures that will need to be performed prior to or along with this treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.
Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.
Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.
Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about gum grafting and/or see if gum grafting is right for you, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.
We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!