About Gum Grafting
There are some signs that your gums are receding, such as your teeth appearing longer and becoming more sensitive to hot and cold stimuli. A portion of your tooth’s root may also become exposed, which is why gum grafting is recommended to prevent further gum tissue loss.
Soft tissue and gum grafting therapies are available at Burnaby Square Dental for those whose gum lines are receding, and exposed tooth roots need protection. Periodontal specialists who are well-trained and experienced treat each patient using various procedures and techniques based on their specific and individual dental needs.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is the method of reinforcing the gums that should protect the root surface after they have been lost. It works by removing a small piece of healthy tissue from somewhere in the oral cavity mostly roof of your mouth and placing it on the exposed region to keep the gums from receding further. While grafting tissue can be obtained from various places, having it directly from the patient’s palate is always the best option.
How is Gum Grafting Performed?
To take the necessary amount of tissue, the spot where the tissue will be extracted is numbed, donor tissue extracted and then delicately sutured into the appropriate recipient area with an extra-fine thread. After that, the body will adjust and finish the job. New blood vessels can slowly but steadily expand in the grafted site,. Any problems caused by receding gums, such as overly sensitive teeth and an unattractive smile, will be addressed with the gum grafting procedure partially or completely.
Who Needs Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting is needed for those who have active or chronic periodontal disease that has caused their gums to recede, this can happen to people with a history of forcefully brushing, heavy biting forces like grinding and clenching and low oral hygiene. When the gums recede, the tooth’s root is exposed, which increases the risk of tooth root decay, inflammation, bone loss, and sensitivity. Consult our periodontal specialist at Burnaby Square Dental to decide whether you need gum grafting.
Types of Gum Tissue Grafts
For exposed roots, connective-tissue grafting is the most common technique abbreviated usually as CTG. Your palate or the roof of your mouth is used as donor site. Tissue from the subepithelial connective tissue is taken and placed under the recipient site flap. After that, graft is fixed with stitches to the gum tissue around the exposed root. The recipient site flap will also be stitched out.
Free Gingival Grafts
Free gingival grafts, including connective-tissue grafts, take tissue from the palate. Rather than having a flap to take tissue from underlying surface, this approach takes tissue from the roof of the mouth directly. It will be similarly connected to the region that requires it. This procedure is often used when a patient’s gums are thin, and the extra tissue is needed to improve the quality of gums.
Rather than using tissue from the palate, pedicle grafts use tissue from the gums of neighbouring teeth. The pedicle or flap is cut up until only the edge is attached, pulled over or down to the exposed root region, and stitched. This gum grafting procedure is only for people who have enough tissue of side teeth.
Benefits of Gum Grafting
Protects Against Further Recession
Gum grafting is essential for restoring severely receding gums. Gums are necessary because they protect parts of the teeth that are required for proper tooth function. These regions, such as the roots and bones, are more vulnerable to infection and damage when they are exposed. Grafting restores the area’s protective gums, preventing further injury, inflammation, and receding.
Protects Roots from Further Decay and Prevents Tooth Loss
Gum recession exposes the teeth’ roots over time, exposing them to bacteria, infection, and damage that can lead to tooth loss. As a result, the gums must remain healthy to avoid extensive tooth damage. Gum grafting restores receded gums, allowing the roots to be covered once more and the gums to regrow, preventing potential risks.
Reduces Tooth Sensitivity
There are parts of the teeth that are revealed as the gums recede. Since these areas lack enamel to shield them, they are more vulnerable to touch and extreme temperatures of hot and cold sensations when left exposed. Gum grafting can help restore the gums that protect the vulnerable areas and make it less sensitive to hot and cold.
Improves Your Smile
Gum grafting can also improve the appearance of your smile from a cosmetic perspective. Gum problems such as unevenness, discoloration, tooth elongation due to recession, and bleeding gums can be addressed by adding and repairing gum tissues and issues. Gum grafting will restore the appearance and health of your gums, which can bring your beautiful smile back.
Prevents Plaque Buildup
When the gums recede too much, plaque builds up on the teeth, creating cavities that can reach under the gums and into the tooth root. This can lead to further inflammation, cavities, tooth decay, and other dental conditions that need clinical care. Gum grafting can be used to preserve gums and keep vulnerable areas safe and clear of plaque. Patients will have fewer risks if their gums are healthier.
Improved Mouth Health
Gum grafting is used to enhance the overall health of your mouth. Exposed roots can make life unpleasant in the sense that they make it difficult to eat or drink. You would have improved oral health with the new tissues protecting your teeth, allowing you to eat more comfortably.
Receded gums can cause discomfort when eating or drinking, as well as affecting your appearance and, as a result, your self-confidence. When you are unhappy with your gums’ quality, it can be challenging to smile and talk. You no longer have to face these issues because gum grafting will repair and strengthen your gums so that they are safe and attractive.
Why Choose Burnaby Square Dental
Dr. Shahram Kamaei is a highly qualified and professional dentist specializing in several dental procedures and treatments, including periodontal procedures. Gum grafting, crown lengthening, and bone grafting all yield excellent results, reducing future unpleasant problems. Dr. Kamaei may perform several treatments to enhance your teeth’ health while also preserving them. We seek to save and maintain as much of your existing tooth structure as possible.
Unrivaled Commitment to Patient Care
With our surgical excellence and constant advances, we at Burnaby Square Dental are dedicated to providing each patient with the best dental experience possible. Our procedures are up to date, putting the patients’ protection and comfort first while still achieving the desired results. We customize each treatment by creating a treatment plan that includes outstanding resources to meet the individual’s oral health needs. We make it a point to invest in cutting-edge dental technology to ensure that patient comfort and satisfaction are maximized.
Make an appointment with us today by calling: (604) 526-2725, and we make sure you enjoy your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Dental Insurance Cover Gum Grafts?
Gum grafts can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on various factors. Most insurance providers fully or partially cover it. If your dental insurance is a part of the Affordable Care Act, you might be eligible for free gum grafting.
2. Do I Need a Gum Graft?
It is essential to maintain good gum health because they protect the teeth, roots, and bones that help teeth function and are susceptible to infection if exposed. If the gums are receding and in critical condition, gum grafts are needed.
3. How Long Does it Take for a Gum Graft to Fully Heal?
Patients often completely recover within one or two weeks, but most already return to their work only a day after the procedure. Your teeth may feel extra sensitive after gum grafting.
4. Is a Gum Graft Permanent?
If Gum recession causes diagnosed
Properly by a skilled practitioner and treated, healthy gum maybe preserved for a long time with grafting.
5. How Successful Are Gum Grafts?
Gum grafts can help restore receded gums and avoid further damage, but they can’t altogether remove the risk of having potential gum problems. Although, serious harm can be avoided , an oral hygiene regimen and dental check-ups should be scheduled regularly.
6. When Should You Get Gum Grafts?
Gums are critical in protecting the roots and bones of your teeth, preventing infection and injury. If your gums have receded to the point that your roots are exposed, with or without sensitivity, you may need a gum graft.
7. How Much Does a Gum Graft Cost for One Tooth?
Gum grafts can costs are depending on several factors, including which dentist you visit and your operation’s extent. This demonstrates that the sooner it is handled, the better to minimize additional costs.
8. What if I Don’t Like the Appearance of My Gums?
If you are unhappy with your gums’ appearance, you may want to consider gum grafting as a cosmetic treatment. Gum grafting will improve the quality of your smile by bringing the gums into line with your teeth.
9. What Can I Expect During a Gum Graft Procedure?
Your dentist will first prescribe local anesthesia to numb the region and keep you as comfortable as possible during the gum graft operation. The tissue will be taken from your palate or any other healthy gum tissue areas and stitched to the recipient area. This process takes just a few minutes, and you can then leave.
10. Is Gum Grafting Painful?
Your dentist will first administer local anesthesia to numb the area and ensures your safety during the gum graft procedure. The tissue will heal up fast, a bit discomfort is totally normal.