No need to panic if your dentist or periodontist has recently told you that you need a gum graft. While gum surgery does sound pretty bad, it should be known that gum grafts are necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession or loss.
In the case of gum loss, many patients go a long time without even noticing that their gums have receded as it is a gradual process. However, over an extended period of time, a tooth root can become exposed causing tooth sensitivity in not looking so great. In order to repair the damage done by gum recession, a gum tissue graft may be the solution.
What Are My Gum Grafting Options?
Gum grafting come in a series of options that can be worked into to best suit your needs. He’s different options include:
Connective Tissue Grafts: This is the most common method of gum grafting that’s used to treat root exposure. During this procedure, a flap of skin is cut from the pallet of your mouth and stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed to root.
Free Gingival Grafts: Similar to the connective tissue graft, this type of graft involves the use of tissue from the roof of the mouth, however instead of making a flap and removing the tissue under the top layer of flesh, the tissue was removed directly from the roof of the mouth and attached to the gum area.
Pedicle Grafts: The gum tissue graft in this type of procedure is taken from around or near the tooth needing repaired. The flap is only partially cut so that one edge remains attached to the surrounding tooth and the gum is then pulled over or down to cover the exposed root and sewn into place.
How Do I Make a Gum Grafting Appointment in Spring, TX?
In the case that you don’t have enough gum tissue to be grafted or used in this kind of procedure, material from a tissue bank can be used instead of from the roof of your mouth. If you are ready to make a gum grafting appointment today, feel free to give our office in Spring, TX a call. The dental professionals at The Smile Designer of Spring are more than prepared to give you the gum graft of your dreams and help restore your tooth function back to normal. Give them a call today!